Tracey Emin Monoprints Acquired With Art Fund Help

  • 11 April 2006

A rare collection of twenty monoprints by Tracey Emin, called Family Suite, has just been purchased by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with Art Fund help.

A rare collection of twenty monoprints by Tracey Emin has been purchased by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with a £15,000 grant from The Art Fund. The total cost of the series was £60,000.

Family Suite is Emin’s only complete surviving series of monotype drawings. The series is quintessentially Emin, dealing with themes drawn directly from her own experiences – of sex, her family and her home town of Margate. 

Monoprints are made by rolling a thick coat of printer’s ink over a piece of glass, laying a sheet of paper on top, and drawing on the paper.

Most of the Emin’s monoprints are done in the evening or at night, sometimes with the lights out or to the sound of very loud dance music.

By shutting out conscious thought Emin draws intuitively, and the result is a series of raw and immediate images.

Tracey Emin’s skills as a draughtsman are often overlooked, but Family Suite demonstrates her remarkable capacity for bringing people and events to life through her delicate and emotionally-charged drawings.