b. 1963, United Kingdom

Tracey Emin Artworks

Tracey Emin's work encompasses painting, installation, sculpture, photography, embroidery, neon and drawing. A modern-day Expressionist, she is most celebrated for her portrayal of universal experiences, drawn from her own personal memories, dreams and body.

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Everyone I Have Ever Slept With

Emin's breakthrough came from the works that, through their stark honesty to the point of provocation, deconstructed the border between life and art, and openly shared her personal experiences. Inside a tent, Emin appliquéd the names of every person she had shared a bed with from the time of her birth to the year 1995, thus creating Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963—1995 (1995).

My Bed

One of Emin's most iconic works, My Bed (1998), is an installation of her bed from a depressive phase when she did not leave her bed for several days. Surrounding the unmade mattress are empty bottles, used condoms and tissues, which immortalise a particular moment in the artist's life with its loneliness, despair and private suffering intact. Emotionally powerful and outrageously frank, Emin's works redefined the ways in which a female artist could discuss herself—her life, her body—in public.

The Female Body

Often at the centre of Emin's work is the female nude, especially her own—a tendency that has led some critics to regard her oeuvre as feminist. Although the artist herself has somewhat denied association, her blunt exploration of the female body and sexuality reflect the feminist belief that a woman can define her own sexuality.

Between 2009 and 2010, Emin collaborated with Louise Bourgeois in the last months of the famously feminist artist's life. In the resulting exhibition Do Not Abandon Me (2011), the autobiographical paintings showed the two artists engaging in different aspects of their lives, from Emin's traumatic memories to Bourgeois' experience as a mother.

In relation to the use of the female body in her work, Emin reflected in a conversation with Ocula Magazine that 'I know my body better than anyone else. I am my best model; it makes it really different that I am the woman because I am not viewing my body with a sexual gaze but with an understanding one.'

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There was A moment when I believed by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin There was A moment when I believed, 2024 Acrylic on canvas
182.2 x 214.1 x 3.5 cm
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We all Bleed by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin We all Bleed, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
122.2 x 122 cm
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I watched Myself die and come alive by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin I watched Myself die and come alive, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
205.4 x 279.2 cm
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I wanted to be clean by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin I wanted to be clean, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
182.2 x 120 cm
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Inside Your Heart by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin Inside Your Heart, 2014 Lithograph in 2 colours on Somerset 300 gsm paper
70 x 90 cm
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Deep Feeling by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin Deep Feeling, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
205.5 x 279.5 x 5 cm
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All the time I could Feel you by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin All the time I could Feel you, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
152.2 x 152.7 cm
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Funeral pyre by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork sculpture
Tracey Emin Funeral pyre, 2014 Bronze
15.5 x 9.5 x 22.5 cm
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I Thought you were mine by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin I Thought you were mine, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
183.1 x 183.2 cm
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You Keep Loving Me by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin You Keep Loving Me, 2022 Acrylic on canvas
122.5 x 122.5 x 3.5 cm
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I loved my Innocence by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin I loved my Innocence, 2019 Colour lithograph on Somerset velvet warm white 400gsm paper
60 x 76 cm
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Love is what you want by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin Love is what you want, 2015 Lithograph on 250 gsm silk finish paper
70 x 50 cm
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Save Me by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork sculpture
Tracey Emin Save Me, 2018 Neon (magenta and clear red)
48 x 122.2 cm
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You Think You Know How I Feel? by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tracey Emin You Think You Know How I Feel?, 2016 Gouache on paper

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Upset by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting
Tracey Emin Upset, 2007 Acrylic on canvas
183 x 183 cm
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It was all About Loving you by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin It was all About Loving you, 2022 Screenprint on Somerset 400gsm
80 x 120.5 cm
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Life Will never be The Same (Nor should it) by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin Life Will never be The Same (Nor should it), 2021 Two colour lithographs on Somerset Velvet Warm White 400gsm
94 x 74 cm
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Every part of me feels you by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork sculpture
Tracey Emin Every part of me feels you, 2014 Bronze
27.9 x 43.2 x 91.4 cm
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The memory of your touch by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork photography
Tracey Emin The memory of your touch, 2016 Giclée photograph mounted on aluminium plate
229 x 155 x 7.5 cm (incl frame)
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Always More by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork sculpture
Tracey Emin Always More Neon (sea crest)
57 x 152 cm
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My Heart is with you Always by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin My Heart is with you Always, 2015 Offset lithograph
70 x 50 cm
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You Forgot Who You Are by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin You Forgot Who You Are, 2013 Etching on Somerset soft white
37 x 40 cm
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Singing Bird by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin Singing Bird, 2007 Lithograph
10.2 x 7.6 cm
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Closed by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin Closed, 2013 Etching on Somerset soft white
36.5 x 38 cm
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With You I Breathe by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork sculpture
Tracey Emin With You I Breathe, 2010 Warm white neon
30.7 x 180 cm
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Everybodies Been There by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin Everybodies Been There, 1998 Lithograph
20 x 25 cm
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The Kiss Was Beautiful by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin The Kiss Was Beautiful, 2016 Offset lithograph
70 x 50 cm
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But Yea by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork print
Tracey Emin But Yea, 2016 Offset Lithograph
70 x 50 cm
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I held your heart by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork sculpture
Tracey Emin I held your heart, 2017 Bronze, dark silver nitrate finish
18 x 30 x 22 cm
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not quiet enough to cry by Tracey Emin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tracey Emin not quiet enough to cry, 2012 Gouache on paper
23 x 30.5 cm
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