Emin was born in London in 1963 and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.
Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.
Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques - or ‘women’s work’ - for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’.
She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, a Doctorate of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctorate of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University.
Ahead of her forthcoming exhibition at the White Cube Hong Kong, I Cried Because I Love You, Emin has donated this poignant drawing. One of a series of preparatory sketches for the show, I Kept Thinking of You personifies the dull ache of loneliness, the complexity of desire, and the bitterness and pain of separation and loss.
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Polymer gravure on 300g Somerset
47.7cm x 57.7cm
Edition of 50 – Signed and numbered by the artist.
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