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Grayson Perry, Marriage Flag, 2019 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary

b. 1960

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry is best known for his ceramics, which draw on both the aesthetics of classical pottery and on contemporary iconography. He often references his feminine alter ego “Claire,” who has appeared throughout the rest of his extensive oeuvre as well—Perry also makes textiles, sculptures, and installations, and he has written graphic novels and spearheaded a broadcast television program. Some of Perry’s major themes include the roles of gender, class, taste, and religion in contemporary life, particularly in the United Kingdom. Perry studied at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now the University of Portsmouth) and quickly became ingrained in Britain’s contemporary art scene. He has exhibited in London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, and beyond. He won the Turner Prize in 2003.


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About Grayson Perry

Turner prize winner, Royal Academician and CBE Grayson Perry (and his alter-ego Claire) is best known for his quirky, politically engaged pottery and prints.


Born in Essex in 1960 to a working class family, Perry soon began kindling a love for ceramics and discovered transvestism. However, his mother did not approve of his predilection for cross-dressing, and it was only after getting kicked out of his family home that Perry decided to pursue becoming an artist.


Perry studied at Braintree College of Further Education from 1978 and received a BA in Fine Art from Portsmouth Polytechnic (now the University of Portsmouth) in 1982. Though he took part in the 'New Contemporaries' show at London’s ICA in 1980, Perry had his first solo exhibition of pottery works in 1984. The commercial success of these works and the show led him to focus more on ceramic arts rather than the short films and performance pieces he had been engaging in at the time.

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