Sarah Lucas (British, b.1962) is a photographer, sculptor, and installation artist, and an active member of the Young British Artists circle that emerged in London in the 1990s. Lucas briefly attended the Working Men’s College and the London College of Printing, before completing her studies at Goldsmiths College in 1987. Best known for her brash and ironic self-portraits, Lucas has addressed many sexual stereotypes in her art, often by adopting the very language of the aggressor. In 2000, Lucas had a solo exhibition at the Sadie Coles Gallery in London, The Fag Show, where her work demonstrated an affinity for the cigarette as a new medium in art. Lucas’s art has always been concerned with materiality, and many of her works allow objects to take on new meanings. She often uses furniture as a stand-in for the human body, and occasionally uses objects such as cigarettes to create the human form. In 1996, the BBC documentary Two Melons and a Stinking Fish was released, documenting Lucas’s artistic career and life.


Born in London
Studied at Working Men's College, London
Attended London College of Printmaking
Graduated from Goldsmith's College, London
Lives and works in London


Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2013:
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Wiener Secession, Austria
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2009:
Nuds, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women, Cheim and Read, New York, NY
British Subjects: Identity and Self Fashioning 1965–2009, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2008:
Sarah Lucas, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Female Trouble, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
The Left Hand of Darkness, El Proyecto, New York, NY
God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin Centro d'Art Contemporanea, Italy
Depreciation and Devastation, Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York, NY
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2007:
Souflé, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria
Hamster Wheel, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Printemps de September, Toulouse, France; Centre d’Art Santa Monica Barcelona, Spain
Perceval, Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freeman Plaza, New York, NY
Unmonumental, The New Museum, New York, NY
An Archaeology: Zabludowicz Collection, Project Space 176, London, UK
The Third Mind, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
So Wrong, I’m Right, Eddie Martinez, William J. O’Brien, Roman Wolgin and Jonas Wood, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Held Together with Water: Art from the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Austria
Happy Birthday: Sarah Lucas, Barbara Bloom, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2006:
Perceval, Public Art Fund, New York, NY
Vanitas, De Hallen, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
Sarah Lucas, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (solo exhibition)
In the darkest hour there may be light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
All Hawaii Entrées/Lunar Reggae, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Defamation of Character, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
Eye on Europe: Prints, Books, & Multiples/1960 to Now, MoMA, New York, NY
Printemps de Septembre 2006, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France
Glasgow International 2006, Glasgow, UK
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Rundlederwelten, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2005:
FRAGILE, Analix Forever, Genf, Switzerland
Skulptur. Prekärer Realismus, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
FROM ABOVE, Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria
Atomkrieg, Kunsthaus, Dresden, Germany
Just love me, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Curry Expo, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Drunk vs. Stoned 2, Gavin Brown, New York, NY
A view of women, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
Bidibidobidiboo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
GOD IS DAD, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Retrospective, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich Switzerland; Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2004:
In-A-Gadda Da-Vidda , (with Angus Fairhurst and Damien Hirst), Tate Britain, London, UK
Empreinte Moi, Galrie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Gifted, The Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, London, UK
Drunk vs. Stoned, General Store in association with Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Esprit/Spirit, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
Atomkrieg, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Man, Rubble, London, UK
57th Aldeburgh Festival, Contemporary British Sculpture at Snape (Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas), Snape, England
Sculpture: Precarious Realism between Melancholie and the Comic, Kunsthalle Vienna
From Above, Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2003:
Temple of Bacchus, (with Colin Lowe and Roddy Thomson), Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2002:
Charlie George , Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas, Tate Modern, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2001:
CAKE, Sarah Lucas at Counter Editions, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 2000:
Self Portraits 1990-98, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas: Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Freud Museum, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Sex and the British, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France
New British Art, Tate British Millbank, London, UK
The Fag Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1999:
Beautiness, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1998:
Odd-bod Photography, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
The Old in Out, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Sensation: Young British Artists in the Saatchi Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1997:
The Law, St. John's Lofts, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Bunny Gets Snookered, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Car Park , Ludwig Museum Köln, Cologne, Germany (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1996:
Sarah Lucas, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas, Portikus Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Is Suicide Genetic?, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1995:
Supersensible, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1994:
Got a Salmon on (Prawn), Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK; Where's My Moss, White Cube, London, UK
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1993:
The Shop with Tracy Emin, 103 Bethnal Green Road, London, UK (solo exhibition)
From Army to Armani with Tracey Emin, Galerie Analix, Geneva, Switzerland (solo exhibition)
Sarah Lucas Exhibitions in 1992:
Penis Nailed to A Board, City Racing Gallery, London, UK (solo exhibition)
The Whole Joke, 8 Kingly Street, London, UK (solo exhibition)


White, Michelle, “Sarah Lucas,” Modern Painters, February 2009, pp 88
Fox, Dan, “Sarah Lucas,” Frieze, March 2009, pp151-152
"The Approval Matrix," New York Magazine, January 21-28, pp 97
"Sarah Lucas", Arte Contemporanea: Cinque, Mondadori 2008
"Sarah Lucas", Arte Contemporanea: Sei, Mondadori 2008
Wolin, Joseph, “Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?” Modern Painters, September 2008, p. 108.
God & Goods: Spiritualità e Confusione di Massa/Spirituality and Mass Confusion (Udine, Italy: Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art)
Excerpt: Se;ections from the Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Collection, Vasser College, NY, 2008.
Nochlin, Linda(ed.), Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Musuem/Merrell, 2007
Parreno, Phillipe(ed.), All Hawaii Entrees/ Lunar Reggae, Charta/Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2007
Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, Phaidon, New York, 2007
Segal, Monica and Richard, Contemporary Realism: The Seavest Collection, Collectors Press Books, Portand, 2007
Sarah Lucas. La poétesse philisophe, Marie-Thérèse Perrin (Hrsg.) Ausst. Kat. Printemps de septembre à Toulouse, Vol. 3, 2006
Sarah Lucas, Yilmaz Dziewior, Beatrix Ruf (Hrsg.), Ausst. Kat, Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Ostfildern Ruit 2005.
Christiane Hoffmans, Kruder Feminismus, Welt am Sonntag, 24. Juli 2005, S. 66
Uta Baier, Brave Schülerin, Die Welt, 22. Juli 2005, S. 27.
Johanna di Blasi, Sarah Lucas’ zartherbe Zoten, Monopol, Nr. 3, Juni/Juli 2005, S. 142
Art Now Vol 2, Taschen, New York, 2005
GOD IS DAD, (Gladstone Gallery, New York)
Bidibidobidiboo: Works from Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, ed. Francesco Bonami, Skira Editore S.p.A., Milano, 2005
Empreinte Moi, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami
Mahon, Alyce, Eroticism & art, Oxford University Press, New York, 2005
Dickins, Rosie, The Usborne Book of Art, Usborne Press, 2005
Gifted (The Arts Gallery, London: University of the Arts)
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (London: Tate Britain / Tate Publishing)
Just Love Me. Post-Feminist Art of the 1990’s from the Goetz Collection (Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway)
Sexes: images- pratiques et pensées contemporaines (Collection dirigée par Fabrice Bousteau: beaux arts magazine: livres)
Antje Majewski et al., Atomkrieg (New York: Lukas and Sternberg)
Cumming, Laura, Family Favourites: The Fourth Plinth, The Observer, 18. Januar 2004
Renton, Andrew, There is life after Hoxton, Evening Standard, 6. Januar 2004
Walsh, Holly, Sarah Lucas, Colin Lowe and Roddy Thomson, Frieze, Nr. 76, Summer 2004, S. 121-122, ill.
Jones, Dafydd, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, ArtReview, Volume LIV April 2004
Sumpter, Helen, Dead Bird Show, Time Out, 30. Dezember-7. Januar 2004
Herbert, Martin, The Fourth Plinth, Time Out, 30. Dezember-7. Januar 2004
Art 35 Basel, Swiss Magazine, Juni 2004
Gronlund, Melissa, Tate Britain: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Contemporary, no. 63, 2004
Roken in de kunst: van Jan Steen tot Pablo Picasso (Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Kunsthal Rotterdam / Amsterdam: Ludion)
A Bigger Splash: Uma Seleção de Arte Britânica da Coleção da Tate 1960-2003 / A Bigger Splash: A Selection of British Art from Tate Collection 1960-2003 (São Paulo: Brasil Connects)
Bad Behaviour from the Arts Council Collection (London: Hayward Gallery Publishing)
BIDA 2003 – Bienal Internacional del Deporte en el Arte (Salamanca, Spain)
La Biennale di Venezia 50th International Art Exhibition “Dreams and conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer”, (Venice, Giardini della Biennale – Arsenale)
Face Off: A Portrait of the Artist (Cambridge, England: Kettle’s Yard)
Bice Curiger, Kunst Expansiv – Zwischen Gegenkultur und Museum (Regensburg, Germany: Lindinger + Schmid Verlag GdbR)
Gill Saunders, Wallpaper in Interior Decoration (London: V&A Publications)
Tim Marlow on Tate Modern (London: Spafax Publishing)