Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

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Biography

"The art world is going to struggle with this one."

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry is a contemporary British artist best known for his intricate and subversive ceramics, printed tapestries, cross-dressing and witty, acerbic observations on contemporary life, particularly the foibles of British Society. Underlying his work is a strong autobiographical narrative, often featuring his alter ego, Claire, or his childhood teddy-bear, Alan Measles.

Grayson Perry is a contemporary British artist best known for his intricate and subversive ceramics, printed tapestries, cross-dressing and witty, acerbic observations on contemporary life, particularly the foibles of British Society. Underlying his work is a strong autobiographical narrative, often featuring his alter ego, Claire, or his childhood teddy-bear, Alan Measles.

Born In 1962, Perry had a troubled childhood. Faced with a violent step-father and a mother with mental health issues, he turned to transvestism for solace at the age of 12. He graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic with a BA in Fine Arts in 1982 and enrolled in an evening pottery course, despite the raised eyebrows of those around him, who regarded pottery as a craft for women rather than as an art form. Within a year he was creating his signature vases but remained in relative obscurity for decades until he won the Turner Prize in 2003, the first ceramicist to do so. His fame, he says, has come at a price: "I'm no longer the anonymous pervert walking down the street."

Perry has never sat at a potter's wheel; he builds each vase by hand using coils. His delicate vases have classical forms but depict subjects strangely at odds with the vessels they adorn, sometimes debauched, often with lascivious detail, others sad and soulful. 

In 2016, Perry's critically acclaimed book, 'The Descent of Man', was released. The book calls attention to how rigid masculinity can destroy society. In 2018 he curated the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition

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.

Grayson Perry
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