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.

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The American Dream by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork print
Grayson Perry The American Dream, 2020 Colour etching from six plates on one sheet
109.6 x 239.8 cm
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Map of an Englishman by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork print
Grayson Perry Map of an Englishman, 2004 Etching, made from from four plates
112.1 x 150 cm
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The American Dream by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork print
Grayson Perry The American Dream, 2020 Colour etching from three plates on one sheet
109.6 x 239.8 cm
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#Lamentation by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork textile
Grayson Perry #Lamentation, 2012 Wool, cotton, acrylic, polyester and silk tapestry
200 x 400 cm
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Vote for Me! by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork print
Grayson Perry Vote for Me!, 2023 Etching
99.7 x 70.2 cm
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Alan Healing the Wound by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork sculpture
Grayson Perry Alan Healing the Wound, 2021 Bronze
42 x 26 x 25 cm
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Piggy Bank by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork sculpture
Grayson Perry Piggy Bank, 2017 White ceramic piggy bank painted in blue and glazed, with rubber stopper, contained in the original cardboard box.
9 x 21 x 9 cm
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Map of Days by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork print
Grayson Perry Map of Days, 2020 Silk scarf, printed with silkscreen
90 x 90 cm
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