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Young British Artists (YBAs)


39 People in artist grouping:

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.

Glen Baxter

Glen Baxter

1944-
Artist, illustrator and cartoonist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Helen Chadwick

Helen Chadwick

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

Dinos Chapman

1962-
Artist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Jake Chapman

Jake Chapman

1966-
Artist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin

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

Tracey Emin

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 12 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Anya Gallaccio

Anya Gallaccio

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

1965-
Artist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Gary Hume

Gary Hume

1962-
Artist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Michael Landy

Michael Landy

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

Sarah Lucas

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

Ron Mueck

1958-
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

1968-
Artist
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

1964-
Artist
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi

1943-
Businessman and art collector
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

1970-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood)

1967-
Artist
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger

1959-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread

1963-
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson

1967-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait