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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.

Grayson Perry Featured Artworks

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Goblet by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork sculpture
Grayson PerryGoblet, c. 1986Raku ceramic
19 x 11 x 11 cm
Offer Waterman Contact Gallery
Untitled by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork sculpture
Grayson PerryUntitled, c. 1998Glazed ceramic
54.9 x 26 cm
Offer Waterman Contact Gallery
100% Art by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Grayson Perry100% Art, 2020Plate
21 x 21 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Vote Republican by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork sculpture
Grayson PerryVote Republican, 2020Glazed ceramic
51.5 x 51.5 x 3.5 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Sponsored by You by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork print
Grayson PerrySponsored by You, 2019Colour etching
68.9 x 101.4 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
Red Carpet by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork textile
Grayson PerryRed Carpet, 2017Tapestry
247 x 252 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire

Grayson Perry Recent Exhibitions

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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, New York, Venice

Grayson Perry In Ocula Magazine

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