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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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Sponsored by You by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerrySponsored by You, 2019Colour etching
68.9 x 101.4 cm
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Map Of Truths And Beliefs by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryMap Of Truths And Beliefs, 2011Wool and cotton tapestry
200 x 470 cm
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I Am Two Faced by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryI Am Two Faced, 1992Glazed ceramic pot with lid
49 x 21 x 20 cm
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Victoria Miro
Red Carpet by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryRed Carpet, 2017Tapestry
247 x 252 cm
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The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryThe Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, 2011Cast iron, oil paint, glass, rope, wood, flint hand axe
305 x 204 x 79 cm
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In its Familiarity Golden by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryIn its Familiarity Golden, 2015Tapestry
290 x 343 cm
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Grayson Perry Recent Exhibitions

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, 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, Venice
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, House Work at Victoria Miro, London
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25 January–18 March 2017 Group Exhibition House Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London

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Grayson Perry In Ocula Magazine

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem Ocula Report 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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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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