Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread is a contemporary British artist who is best known for her sculptures and for being the first female artist to win the Turner Prize. She is a member of the Young British Artists (YBAs) group and just like the works of other YBAs, most of her works have been received with mixed responses, either being regarded as brilliant or bad art. This clearly reveals her work “House” which won her both the Turner Prize and the K Foundation award for worst artist.

A Short Biography

Whiteread was born in London in 1963. She lived in Essex until the age of seven when her family moved to London. Her mother who was an artist herself died in 2003. Her father, a geography teacher died while she was studying art in 1988.

She first studied painting at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture in Brighton and then sculpture at the Slade School of Art, University College London. She began exhibiting in the second half of the 1980s and held her first solo exhibition in 1988. Her work is dominated by sculptures which are typically cast.

Selected Works