Grayson Perry  (British, 1960) 

Grayson Perry (British, b.1960) was born in Chelmsford, England, and lived in Bicknacre after his father left the family. Perry cited his father''''s departure as having a large impact on his life. His mother remarried, and Perry attended Woodham Ferrers Church of England School and King Edward VI Grammar School. His stepfather was violent, and young Perry often hid in his father''''s old shed. During these difficult times, Perry often used his imagination, creating a fantasy life for himself.

Perry became interested in building model airplanes, and enjoyed riding motorcycles. He considered training as an army officer, and became involved in the local punk movement of the 1970s. Perry had unconventional tastes and sometimes dressed as a woman. This upset his mother, and she kicked him out of the house. After going out on his own, Perry decided to become an artist. He studied at Braintree College of Further Education from 1978 to 1979, and received a BA from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982. Unable to return home, the young artist spent time in squat houses and was often poor. He developed an interest in pottery and took lessons at the Central Institute. His first pieces were glazed plates covered in text, because he was not yet skilled enough to produce anything else.

Eventually, Perry''''s skills improved, and he created many talented works such as Saint Claire 37 wanks across Northern Spain. The brightly colored earthenware urn is textured and decorated with photos and hand-drawn images. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam displayed his work in 2002, and one year later he became the first ceramic artist to be given the Turner Prize. The artist continued to dress as a woman and attended the award presentation in drag.

In 2005, Perry became the subject of the documentary, Why Men Wear Frocks. In the film, he discussed his life as a transvestite and the impact his lifestyle had on his family. Perry''''s style is a combination of Greek influences and Folk Art techniques. Cuddly Toys Caught on Barbed Wire features young girls in pretty dresses against an eerie backdrop. The artist said, "One of the reasons I dress up as a woman is my low self-esteem, to go with the image of women being seen as second class. It is like pottery: that''''s seen as a second-class thing too."

Perry''''s work has been showcased at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Perry is married and currently resides in London.

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Grayson Perry, The Island of Bad Art


Grayson Perry
The Island of Bad Art

Dominic Guerrini Fine Art
Grayson Perry, Recipe for Humanity (tapestry)


Grayson Perry
Recipe for Humanity (tapestry)

Dominic Guerrini Fine Art
Grayson Perry, Hold Your Beliefs Lightly (tapestry)


Grayson Perry
Hold Your Beliefs Lightly (tapestry)

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Grayson Perry, Map of Nowhere (blue)


Grayson Perry
Map of Nowhere (blue)

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Grayson Perry, Map of Nowhere


Grayson Perry
Map of Nowhere
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Grayson Perry, Print for a Politician


Grayson Perry
Print for a Politician
Galerie Maximillian
Grayson Perry, The Walthamstow Tapestry


Grayson Perry
The Walthamstow Tapestry
Galerie Maximillian
Grayson Perry, Map of an Englishman


Grayson Perry
Map of an Englishman

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Grayson Perry, Commemorative Plate no.27 (Death Place of Abstract Art)


Grayson Perry
Commemorative Plate no.27 (Death Place of Abstract Art)

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Grayson Perry, Life is Terrible in its Glory


Grayson Perry
Life is Terrible in its Glory, 1985
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Grayson Perry, Boring Cool People


Grayson Perry
Boring Cool People, 1999
glazed ceramic


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Grayson Perry, Saint Satin Satan


Grayson Perry
Saint Satin Satan, 1999
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1960   Born in Chelmsford
  Braintree College of Further Education, Art Foundation Course
  Portsmouth Polytechnic, Fine Art BA
  Lives and works in London
  2003 Turner Prize
2011   The Art of Mapping curated by TAG Fine Arts, Dover Street, London
2008   My Civilisation, Mudam, Luxembourg (solo)
2008   Unpopular Culture (curated by Grayson Perry, touring exhibition), de la Warr Pavilion (solo)
2008   Demons, Yarns and Tales, The Dairy, London
2008   Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger, American Folk Art Museum, New York
2007   My Civilisation, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (solo)
2006   The Charms of Lincolnshire, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2006   The Charms of Lincolnshire, The Collection, Lincoln (solo)
2006   Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (solo)
2006   Designing Truth, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum – Zentrum Internationaler Skulptur, Duisburg
2006   The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005   Reveal, Nottingham’s Contemporary Textiles, Nottingham Castle off Maid Marian Way
2005   Fairy Tales Forever, ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2005   Mixed-Up Childhood, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2005   Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice (solo)
2004   Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2004   Collection Intervention, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives (solo)
2004   A Secret History of Clay from Gauguin to Gormley, Tate Liverpool
2003   The Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London
2003   For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2003   Thatcher, The Blue Gallery, London
2001 - 2003   The East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London
2002   Guerilla Tactics, Barbican Art Gallery, London, Sept 21 - Nov 3 (solo)
2002   Guerilla Tactics, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam May 18 - Aug 25 (solo)
2001 - 2002   Sense of Occasion, MAC, Birmingham
2001   New Labour, Saatchi Gallery, London
2001   Sense of Occasion, Birmingham and other centres around UK until 2002
2001   La Altra Brittania Tecla Sala, Barcelona
2001   Self Portraya, Group show at Laurent Delaye Gallery, London
2001   Carts and Rafts, Camberwell College, London
2000   Fig-1, London (solo)
2000   Sensation, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (solo)
2000   Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2000   British Art Show 5 curated by the Hayward Gallery touring to Edinburgh (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Botanical Garden, City Art Centre, Talbot Rice Art Gallery, Stills Gallery, Fruit Market Gallery), Southampton (Southampton City Art Gallery, John Hansard Gallery, Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute), Cardiff (National Museum of Wales, Centre for Visual Arts, Chapter), Birmingham (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ikon Gallery)
1999   Plate Show, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
1999   Contained Narrative, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
1999   Hydra Foundation, Greece
1999   541 Vases, Pots, Sculptures and Services, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1999   Decadence, Crafts Council, London
1998 - 1999   Over the Top, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, touring show
1998   Glazed Expressions, Orleans House
1997 - 1998   Craft, Richard Salmon Gallery, London, Kettles Yard, Cambridge
1996 - 1997   Hot Off The Press, Tullie House, Carlisle, Glasgow, Norwich, Croydon Clock Tower, Crafts Council, London
1996 - 1997   Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (solo)
1990 - 1997   Objects of Our Time, Crafts Council, London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, American Crafts Museum, New York
1996   Indigo Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1996   Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London
1996   Philippe Rizzo Gallery, Paris
1993 - 1995   The Raw and the Cooked, Barbican Art Gallery, London and touring to Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea, Shigarake Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan, Museum of Dunkirk
1994   Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (solo)
1994   Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris (solo)
1991 - 1992   David Gill Gallery, London (solo)
1991 - 1992   Fine Cannibals, Oldham Art Gallery and touring to University of Lancaster, Stockport Art Gallery, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
1991   Garth Clark Gallery, New York (solo)
1990   Birch & Conran, London (solo)
1990   Words and Volume, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
1989   Nishi Azabu Wall, Tokyo (commission by Nigel Coates)
1988   Read Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio
1988   Birch & Conran, London (solo)
1987   Birch & Conran, London (solo)
1986   The Minories, Colchester, Essex (solo)
1986   Mandelzoon, Rome
1985   Gallozi e La Placa, New York
1985   Essex Artists, Epping Forest Museum and Minories, Colchester, Essex
1985   James Birch Gallery, London (solo)
1984   James Birch Gallery, London (solo)
1983   Ian Birksted Gallery, London10 – 6 = 8
1981 - 1982   Young Contemporaries, ICA, London
2008    Glad to be grey, Grayson Perry (catalogue essay), The Guardian, 23 April 2008
2008    An Insider Perspective on an Outsider Artist, Ken Johnson, The New York Times, 18 April 2008
2008    The Way I See It: Grayson Perry, The New Statesman, 3 April 2008
2008    Grayson Perry: My Civilisation, Katie Kitamura, Contemporary
2008    Old Hat or the New Bag? Charles Darwent Art Review April 2008
2008    The Last Word: Grayson Perry on Britishness, Art World, June/July 2008
2008    A treasure trove of gritty Britishness, Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2008
2008    Eee, it were grim back then, Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times, 18 May 2008
2008    Modesty blaze, Tom Lubbock, The Independent, 19 May 2008
2008    A land of loners, misfits and Mrs Thatcher. Richard Cork, The Independent on Sunday, 11 May 2008
2008    Before all the shouting started, Sean O’Hagen, The Observer, 11 May 2008
2008    The face of a nation – but is it ours?, Mark Brown, The Guardian, 5 May 2008
2008    Lunch with the FT: Grayson Perry, Rebecca Rose, The Financial Times, 3 May 2008
2008    The Neglected Heroes of British Art, Tom Lubbock, The Independent, 2 May 2008
2008    Uncool Britannia, Blake Morrison, The New Statesman, 1 May 2008
2007    Censorship is based on fear, not sensitivities towards ethnic minorities, Grayson Perry, The Art Newspaper, December 2007
2007    Tenner for your thoughts, Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 11 October 2007
2007    A Turner for the worse, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, 2 October 2007
2007    Ito Junji, Signature, August-September 2007
2007    Naoko Aono, GQ Japan, June 2007
2007    The Art Newspaper, What’s On (selection) , no 181, June 2007
2007    My civilization: Grayson Perry, Lucy Birmingham Fujii, Metropolis, 22 June 2007
2007    The Daily Yomiuri, 5, 6,7, 8, 9 June 2007
2007    Whu go potty for ceramics?, Janice Blackburn, Financial Times, 26 May 2007
2007    Parodies in Pottery, D. H. Rosen, The Japan Times, 17 May 2007
2007    The Daily Yomiuri, 26, 27, 28, 29 June 2007
2007    Tomorrow’s Old Masters, Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times, 1 April 2007
2006    Grayson Perry: The Charms of Lincolnshire, Louise Taylor, Ceramic Review, November -
2006    Dream Factories, Dominic Lutyens, The Observer Magazine, 22 October 2007
2006    Grayson Perry: The Charms of Lincolnshire, Liz Hoggard, Inform
2006    Grayson Perry: The charms of Lincolnshire, Marcus Field, Crafts Magazine, September
2006    Costume Drama, Javier Pes, Museum Practice, Autumn 2006
2006    The Girlie Show, Caroline Smith, Attitude, August 2006
2006    Ploughman’s bunch, Gabriel Coxhead, Financial Times, 1 August 2006
2006    Lincoln Bounty, Martin Coomer, The Big Issue, 24 July 2006
2006    Could he be stringing us along?, Laura Cumming, The Observer, 16 July 2006
2006    The Charms of Lincolnshire, Sue Hubbard, The Independent, 14 July 2006
2006    Exhibition of the Week, Sarah Kent, Time Out, 12 July 2006
2006    Perry’s Rural Magic Casts the Right Spell, Jonathan Jones, Guardian, 10 July 2006
2006    These are a few of my favourite things, Vinny Lee, The Times (Magazine), 8 July 2006
2006    The chamber of secrets, Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times, 6 July 2006
2006    Poetic Perry shows the power of change, Nick Hackworth, Evening Standard, 6 July 2006
2006    The past, through a glass darkly, Charlotte Higgins, Guardian, 5 July 2006
2006    From frocks to smocks: Perry’s show celebrates rustic life, The Independent, 5 July 2006
2006    What should I wear?, Hermione Eyre, Independent on Sunday, 2 July 2006
2006    The Charms of Lincolnshire, Morgan Falconer, World of Interiors, July 2006
2006    The Handmade Tale: The strangely subversive rise of craft in art, Charles Darwent, Modern Painters, July 2006
2006    ‘I don’t go out my way to shock’, Alastair Sooke, The Daily Telegraph, June 26 2006
2006    This Much I Know, Observer Magazine, (Interview) Michael Odell, June 25 2006
2006    Lincolnshire Life, The Charms of Lincolnshire, February 2006
2006    Child death and rural voodoo: my delight in the dark side, Grayson Perry, The Times, February 1 2006
2006    Art Review: British Artist’s beautiful ceramics carry pointed messages, Mary Thomas Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 19 2006
2006    Grayson Perry: The Interview, Lynn Barber, The Observer, January 8 2006
2006    Tea with Grayson Perry, Duncan Fallowell, PARKETT, No. 75
2005    Grayson Perry: Urbane Guerrilla?, Shane Enright, Ceramics Monthly, March 2005
2004    how fragile we are, Mark Hooper, I-D Magazine, November
2004    Savaged by ceramics, Lisa Jardine, T2 (Times Supplement), October 20
2004    Grayson’s still hot to pot, Caroline Boucher, Observer Review, October 17
2004    Turner Prize winner charts his insecurities in pottery, Arifa Akbar, The Independent, October 15
2004    Potty about dressing up, Rosie Millard, The Times (body & soul), October 9
2004    Perry Potter and the glittering prize, Charlotte Cripps, Independent, September 27
2004    Pots of Gold, Tony Magnusson, Pol Oxygen, June
2004    Pot Head, Beatrice Colin, Black Book, Fall Issue
2003    He’s not as Potty as he looks, Raphel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, December 9
2003    Transvestite Potter Wins Turner Prize in Art, Alan Riding, The New York Times, December 8
2003    Dressed for success, Luke Leitch, Evening Standard, December 8
2003    Grayson Perry a surprise winner, Louise Jury, The Independent, December 8
2003    Ceramics with a social Agenda, Peter Aspden, Financial Times, December 8
2003    Frock Tactics, Jessica Berens, The Observer Magazine, November 21
2003    Top of the Pots, Stuart Jeffries,The Guardian, November 21
2003    Turner at 20, Tate Magazine, November
2003    Constant change can track…, Rachel Campbell Johnson, The Times, May 30
2003    Pisk geniusza, Malgorzata Sadowska, Przekroj, Nr 28/3029, 13 July
2002    What a Clay Day, by Damien Hirst, Tatler. Oct
2002    Potter of the perverse. Rhoda Koenig. The Independent Review Sept
2002    It’s all wearing thin. Waldemar Januszczak. Sunday Times Magazine. Sept
2002    Him and her big feats of clay. John Preston. The Sunday Telegraph. Sept
2001    The Provocative Potter. Maria Alvarez. Telegraph Magazine.
2001    New Labour, catalogue, published by Saatchi Gallery, London
2001    Fig One, published in association with Tate Magazine
2000    Perry: perturbing, perverse or just potty? Rachel Cambell Johnson. The Times April
2000    Trials of a transvestite potter. Simon Grant Evening Standard. April
2000    British Ceramics, Edited by Lise Seisboll, Rhodos
2000    The British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery Publishing
2000    Protest and Survive, published by the Trustees of the Whitechapel Gallery
2000    Moving Targets 2, Louisa Buck, Tate Gallery Publishing
1999    Grayson Perry, David Gill ed., London
1999    The Complete Practical Potter, Josie Warshaw, Anness Publishing Ltd
1999    British Studio Potters' Marks, Eric Yates-Owen and Robert Fournier, A & C Black
1999    Craft, Text by Simon Watney, etal, Richard Salmon Edward Sq. Studios
1996    Objects of our Time, Text Martina Margets, Crafts Council
1996    Hot off the Press, Text by Paul Scott and Terry Bennett
1995    The Art of the Potter, text by Garth Clark, Garth Clarke Gallery, New York
1995    Moving Targets, Text Louisa Buck, Tate Gallery Publications
1993    The Raw and the Cooked, text by Marina Margets, Barbican Art Gallery
1992    Cycle of Violence - Grayson Perry, Atlas Press, London
1987    Grayson Perry: Ceramics, text by Grayson Perry, Birch & Conran, London