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39 People in artist grouping: Young British Artists (YBAs)

The term Young British Artist or YBA is most strongly associated with a period in the 1990s, when a new group of young creatives, nearly all graduates of Goldsmiths College, London, came into the British mainstream art scene with their refreshing new visions of contemporary life. The core group was made up of the artists who participated in Damien Hirst’s 1988 Freeze exhibition, which launched a trend for East London factory and warehouse shows. Charles Saatchi remains one of the YBAs’ greatest collectors, and his investments helped to publicise the group’s work through exhibitions such as Sensation in 1997 at the Royal Academy. The artists used a wide variety of materials to create their pieces, and this is reflected in the sheer diversity of their portfolios. The YBAs are credited with reviving the British art scene with their bold and sometimes controversial work, and have gone from being seen as anti-establishment to mainstream, with many of the artists now Royal Academicians, Turner Prize winners and nominees and OBEs.

Darren Almond

1971-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Fiona Banner

1966-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Glen Baxter

1944-
Artist, illustrator and cartoonist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Richard Billingham

1970-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Helen Chadwick

1953-1996
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Dinos Chapman

1962-
Artist
Sitter associated with 4 portraits

Jake Chapman

1966-
Artist
Sitter associated with 5 portraits

Adam Chodzko

1965-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Mat Collishaw

1966-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Michael Craig-Martin

1941-
Artist
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Peter Davies

1970-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits

Tracey Emin

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Angus Fairhurst

1966-2008
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits

Anya Gallaccio

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Marcus Harvey

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Damien Hirst

1965-
Artist
Sitter in 7 portraits

Gary Hume

1962-
Artist
Sitter in 4 portraits

Michael Landy

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits

Abigail Lane

1967-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sarah Lucas

1962-
Artist
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist of 12 portraits