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.

Timeline

1960
Born in Chelmsford
Braintree College of Further Education, Art Foundation Course
Portsmouth Polytechnic, Fine Art BA
Lives and works in London
Awards
2003 Turner Prize

Exhibitions

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

Literature

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