Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career

Grayson Perry is one of the best known British artists of his generation, acclaimed for his ceramics, sculptures, drawings, prints and tapestries. With a keen eye for detail and a love of the popular and vernacular, Perry infuses his artworks with a sly humour and reflection on society past and present.

The artist’s highly decorated pots in particular reveal a world of imagery ranging from the highly personal to the political, their subjects including his own family, the art world, Biblical stories, the royal family, and images of warfare and sexual fantasy. Perry’s transvestism and feminine alter ego 'Claire’ emerges through his practice as a recurring visual motif.

A contemporary of the YBA (Young British Artists) generation, he has forged a distinctive career that sits apart from the cooler theoretical approach of some of his peers, favouring a more flamboyant, accessible aesthetic that blurs the division of high art and popular culture.

Curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career covers the full spectrum of Perry’s practice from the early 1980s to the present. It includes a diverse and comprehensive selection of the artist’s ceramic works, sculptures in iron and bronze, prints and drawings, and his ambitious, large-scale tapestries including the fifteen-metre Walthamstow Tapestry (2009) and the six-part tapestry cycle The Vanity of Small Differences (2012), created by Perry alongside his acclaimed Channel 4 television series In the Best Possible Taste


Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
215mm x 270 mm
260 pages
Hardcover with slipcase


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