Grayson Perry is a contemporary British artist best known for his ceramic vessels,
printed tapestries, and design for A House for Essex.#
His work contains a prominent autobiographical narrative which often features
his alter ego, Claire. The narrative chronicles a troubled childhood in which Perry
turned to transvestism to find solace.
“I draw as a collagist, juxtaposing images and styles of mark-making from many
sources,” he said of his practice. “The world I draw is the interior landscape of my
personal obsessions and of cultures I have absorbed and adapted, from Latvian
folk art to Japanese screens.”
Born on March 24, 1960 in Chelmsford, United Kingdom, Perry graduated from
Portsmouth Polytechnic with a BA in fine arts in 1982. Enrolling in an evening
pottery course, it took the artist only a year before he was creating his signature
In 2003, Perry was the first ceramicist to win the Turner Prize. In 2016, his
critically acclaimed book The Descent of Man was released to the public, the
book calls attention to how rigid masculinity can destroy society.
The artist currently lives and works with his wife Philippa Perry in London, United
Kingdom. Perry’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art
in New York and the Tate Gallery in London.