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b. 1960, United Kingdom

Grayson Perry Biography

Grayson Perry is an English born artist known mainly for his ceramic vases and tapestries, which depict subject matter that often contrast his somewhat conservative choice of medium.  A variety of both historical and contemporary themes are explored throughout Grayson Perry’s work, with particular attention given to the artist’s interest in societal injustices and hypocrisies.

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Perry’s work often contains an autobiographical element with the artist alluding to his childhood, his family, and most notably – his transvestite alter ego Claire. Perry’s rich and detailed works draw the viewer in through their various narratives and an ability to evoke nostalgia and sentiment alongside fear and anger. Perry’s vessels, despite their often dark and challenging subject matter, are deeply alluring.

Grayson Perry was the winner of the 2003 Turner Prize and was elected as a Royal Academician in 2012; the following year, he received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was awarded the prestigious appointments of Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London in 2015.

His major exhibitions have included the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum (2011-2012), a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (December 2015 – May 2016), and solo presentations including those at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2014-2015), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002). Other projects include the permanent building A House for Essex, a collaboration with FAT Architecture in the North Essex countryside, and the documentary, Why Men Wear Frocks, produced by Twofour for Channel 4.

Grayson Perry lives and works in London.

Installation view, Grayson Perry: The MOST Specialest Relationship. Victoria Miro, London, UK, 15 September - 31 October 2020. © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.

Grayson Perry Featured Artworks

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Very Large Very Expensive Abstract Painting by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryVery Large Very Expensive Abstract Painting, 2020Tapestry
292 x 688 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Vote Republican by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryVote Republican, 2020Glazed ceramic
51.5 x 51.5 x 3.5 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Warhead by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryWarhead, 2020Glazed ceramic
66 x 28 x 28 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Pale Virtue by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryPale Virtue, 2020Glazed ceramic
77 x 28 x 28 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Sponsored by You by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerrySponsored by You, 2019Colour etching
68.9 x 101.4 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
Red Carpet by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryRed Carpet, 2017Tapestry
250 x 250 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery

Grayson Perry Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Grayson Perry, The MOST Specialest Relationship at Victoria Miro, London
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15 September–31 October 2020 Grayson Perry The MOST Specialest Relationship Victoria Miro, Wharf Rd, LondonWharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Grayson Perry, Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, London
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25 September–20 December 2019 Grayson Perry Super Rich Interior Decoration Victoria Miro, Mayfair, LondonMayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman at Victoria Miro, Venice
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26 January–18 April 2019 Group Exhibition Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman Victoria Miro, VeniceVenice

Grayson Perry Represented By

Paragon contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Paragon London
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, Venice

Grayson Perry In Ocula Magazine

Alain Servais: 'I'm very careful about not offending anyone' Ocula Conversation Alain Servais: 'I'm very careful about not offending anyone' By Nadine Khalil, Brussels

Leaning towards art that embodies what he describes as 'otherness', Alain Servais discusses the formation of his collection over the last two decades, and its focus on wider sociopolitical conditions.

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem Ocula Feature Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem By Diana d’Arenberg, Hong Kong

Ocula contributor Diana d'Arenberg gives her annual post-mortem of Hong Kong's Art Basel week, running through some of the highs and lows of the fair's seventh edition, which opened to the public from 29 to 31 March 2019.

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The most searched artists on Ocula now Ocula Photolog The most searched artists on Ocula now

A selection of this week's most searched artists on Ocula.com 

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Grayson Perry Ocula Conversation Grayson Perry By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003, is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. While he is most recognised for his alluring ceramics that chronicle contemporary life—drawing viewers in with their beauty, wit and exquisite craftsmanship, and then surprising with their often hard-hitting depictions—he has more...

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Grayson Perry In Related Press

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Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings Related Press Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings 4 November 2019, Apollo Magazine

Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread, Gerhard Richter. These may not be names that spring to mind when you think of the British Museum, but they all have work filed away in its extensive archive of prints and drawings. 'Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now' lifts a lid on a lesser-known collection at a museum renowned...

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Grayson Perry on becoming a national treasure, Trump, and how everything means nothing Related Press Grayson Perry on becoming a national treasure, Trump, and how everything means nothing 22 January 2018, Wallpaper*

Home to tycoons, tennis stars, and the Swarovski’s winter residence, a 412-acre luxury estate in south Florida is not the first place you’d expect to find Grayson Perry’s transvestite alter-ego Clare gallivanting in a golf buggy. Nonetheless, she (and he) arrived this weekend at Windsor in a ferociously pink, bum-covering mini-dress and purple...

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Private Territories: Room and House Work Related Press Private Territories: Room and House Work 2 March 2017, The Quietus

In The Poetics of Space, first translated into English in 1964, Gaston Bachelard wrote: 'a house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.' This seminal phenomenological study investigates the significance of intimate spaces which govern our dreams and emotions. Bachelard scrutinises the rooms...

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Grayson Perry: 'Boys think they're breaking the man contract if they cry' Related Press Grayson Perry: 'Boys think they're breaking the man contract if they cry' 6 May 2016, The Guardian

The morning I am due to meet Grayson Perry for a discussion on masculinity, my own issues on the topic are brought into sharp focus. In particular, I think about my cold towel. It’s cold because the rail on which it hangs no longer emits heat – the fuse has blown and I am waiting for my dad to visit so he can change it. If it is true...

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