Grayson Perry, CBE RA is a British artist perhaps best known to the public for his ceramic vases and his cross-dressing. However, as well as ceramics, Perry has worked in printmaking, drawing, embroidery and other textile work, film and performance. In his work Perry tackles various subjects, including gender, identity, sexuality, sexual status and religion, trying to get to grips with the subject matter in an accessible way, without being patronising. He uses strong autobiographical references to his childhood throughout his work, which he depicts through his alter ego, Claire.
Born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1960, Grayson Perry lives and works in London. In 2003, Perry was awarded the Tuner Prize. In 2008, he was ranked number 32 in The Telegraph’s list of the “100 most powerful people in British culture”. In 2011, Perry curated “The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman” at the British Museum, a critically acclaimed show in which Perry combined his own works with historical artefacts chosen from the vast British Museum collection. In 2012, Sir Peter Blake selected Perry, amongst other British cultural icons, to appear in a new updated version of his most famous artwork, The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album cover to celebrate British cultural figures of his life.
Grayson Perry uses the seductive qualities of ceramics and other art forms to make stealthy comments about society, its pleasures as well as its injustices and flaws, and to explore a variety of historical and contemporary themes. Working in traditional media, such as ceramics, cast-iron, bronze and tapestry, he is interested in illustrating how each historic category of object accrues intellectual and emotional baggage over time.