Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career
|Author:||Rachel Kent, Grayson Perry, Julian Baggini and Louisa Buck|
Grayson Perry (born Chelmsford, Essex 1960) is one of Britain's most acclaimed contemporary artists, known for his ceramic works, sculptures in iron and brass, drawings, prints and tapestries. With a keen eye for detail and a love of the popular and vernacular, Perry infuses his art works with a sly humour and reflection on society past and present. Various themes are explored through Perry's multifaceted practice including the history of taste and social class in Britain, religious and folk iconography, and representations of gender and sexuality. Perry held his first solo exhibition in Britain in 1984 and has exhibited his works internationally since the early 1990s. He was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2003 and in 2011 combined his own works with historical artefacts from the British Museum collection in Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman. He has made numerous television appearances, hosting his own Channel 4 series All In the Best Possible Taste - Grayson Perry in 2012, then Grayson Perry: Who Are You? in late 2014, along with his solo exhibition on the theme of portraiture and British identity at the National Portrait Gallery, London. In 2013 he delivered The Reith Lectures, BBC Radio 4's annual flagship talk series by leading international thinkers, to widespread critical acclaim.