Grayson Perry Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Grayson Perry
Barbaric Splendour

2003

Glazed ceramic

67 x 35 cm

Perry's forms and content are always incongruous: classic Greecian-like urns bearing friezes of car-wrecks, cell-phones, supermodels, as well as more dark and literary scenes, often incorporate auto-biographical references.

Grayson Perry
Golden Ghosts

2000

Earthenware

65 x 39 x 39 cm
Unhappy expressions on the little girls’ faces in Golden Ghosts contrast sharply with the idyllic country cottages stenciled in the background. Perry often uses found images to create a mood or a tension – the exceptionally sad image of the seated girl is that of a child affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station disaster. This evocative work hints at a familiarity with psychotherapy, made at a time when Perry was coming to terms with his own unhappy past. Perry’s transvestite alter ego, Claire, appears outlined in gold as the ghost in the title, dressed in the elaborate embroidered Coming Out Dress, made for a performance in 2000.
Grayson Perry
We've Found the Body of Your Child

2000

Earthenware

49 x 30 x 30 cm

This has the preciousness of a well-travelled Russian antique. Glazed in golds, silvers and whites, Perry’s urn tells a Gothic tale of a child’s death in a gloomy small town. The image is timeless: it could be yesterday or eighty years ago; but almost certainly it has to be Eastern European – nowhere else could such horrific grief be met with such fairy-tale romanticism.

Grayson Perry
Over the Rainbow

2001

Earthenware

53 x 41 cm

People say, ‘why do you need to put sex, violence or politics or some kind of social commentary into my work?’ Without it, it would be pottery. I think that crude melding of those two parts is what makes my work.”

Grayson Perry
Cuddly Toys Caught on Barbed Wire

2001

Earthenware

55 x 38 x 38 cm

Perry reveals ‘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’.

Grayson Perry
Saint Claire 37 wanks accross Northern Spain

2003

Earthenware

84 x 55 x 55 cm

Perry’s urns are rendered with an incomprehensible master-craft: their surfaces richly textured from designs marked into the clay, followed by intricately complicated glazing and photo-transfer techniques. Perry makes ceramic pots, hand-stitched quilts, and outrageous dress designs, creating a cosmopolitan folk-art.

Grayson Perry
I Want to be an Artist

1996

Earthenware

66 x 42 x 42 cm

A master of the incongruous juxtaposition, Grayson Perry scrawls savage satirical messages alongside sentiments of nostalgia for lost innocence.

Grayson Perry
Troubled

2000



42 x 25 x 25 cm

“I’m not an innovator, ceramic-wise. I use very traditional forms, techniques and it’s merely the carrier of the message. That’s how I want to keep it. But I’m always aware that it’s a pot. It’s not like I take it for granted. I’m always aware that I’m working on a vase and what that means”

Grayson Perry
All Men are Bastards

2001



45 x 27 x 27 cm
Melding handicraft and consumer culture, his objects are luxury one-of-a-kinds with a Rodeo Drive chic.
Grayson Perry
Punters in the Snow

1999



40 x 25 x 25 cm

“We’re only here once and I want to get as much out of it possible. And as an artist, my job is to be as much "me" as possible.”

Grayson Perry
Spirituality my Arse

1997



58 x 33 x 33 cm

These highly decorative objects, often covered with layers of lustre, gold leaf and sugary kitsch transfers are, by the artist´s own admission, ´perversion to match the curtains´.

Grayson Perry
Whoring Grayson Perry Style

1997



85 x 36 x 36 cm

Grayson Perry’s urns are rendered with an incomprehensible master-craft: their surfaces richly textured from designs marked into the clay, followed by intricately complicated glazing and photo-transfer techniques.

Grayson Perry
Defenders of Childhood

2000

Earthenware

46 x 21 x 21 cm

Winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, British artist Grayson Perry creates seductively beautiful pots that convey challenging themes; at the heart of his practice is a passionate desire to comment on deep flaws within society. Perry uses pots as narrative and figurative media, a round, curved surface for a bizarre or bitter story.

Grayson Perry
Nostalgia for the Bad Times

1999



43 x 28 x 28 cm

"With ceramics, the purely decorative is its default position. But if you did a purely decorative painting, it’s still a painting but it’s within a context of contemporary art."

Grayson Perry
Transvestite Brides of Christ

2000

Earthenware

39 x 26 x 26 cm

These highly decorative objects, often covered with layers of lustre, gold leaf and sugary kitsch transfers are, by the artist´s own admission, ´perversion to match the curtains´.

Grayson Perry
Triumph of Innocence

2000

Earthenware

70 x 23 x 23 cm

Perry’s urns are rendered with an incomprehensible master-craft: their surfaces richly textured from designs marked into the clay, followed by intricately complicated glazing and photo-transfer techniques.

These highly decorative objects, often covered with layers of lustre, gold leaf and sugary kitsch transfers are, by the artist´s own admission, ´perversion to match the curtains´.

Grayson Perry
Moonlit Wankers

2001



66 x 35 x 35 cm

“If I did something purely decorative, and I’ve approached that line a few times where I’ve looked at pieces and thought, ‘That’s pretty’, but it’s like potatoes without salt. I can’t stomach it.”

Grayson Perry
Two Children Born on the Same Day

1996

Earthenware

42 x 30 x 30 cm

Grayson Perry often uses found images to create a mood or a tension

Grayson Perry
Saint, Satin, Satan

1999



45 x 28 x 28 cm

“In the past I’ve made more raw work that was more blatantly provocative and without so much of a social understanding of what I was doing. I think the fact that it was pottery diffused that.”

Grayson Perry
Cries of London

1996



56 x 26 x 26 cm

For Grayson Perry, this is an expression of an unrecoverable lost innocence. Pastiched with delft images of ladies in waiting, delicate flowers, teddy bears, and embossed tear-drop patterns, Perry creates a hallowed place where unhappy souls exist as golden shadows of the children they never got to be.

Grayson Perry
Contained Anger





36 x 24 x 24 cm
Inspired by Grayson Perry’s experiences as a transvestite, his ‘little girl’ vases hint at an autobiographical referencing: his penchant for wearing baby doll dresses, and the questions of male-role models and the development of his sexuality in his childhood.
Grayson Perry
I Hate You, I Hate Myself

2000



31 x 20 x 20 cm
The pots are covered in a kind of psychic collage replete with stark, expressionistic drawings, hand written text, stencilled lettering and photographs.
Grayson Perry
Driven Man

2000



39 x 31 x 31 cm
Grayson Perry uses pots as narrative and figurative media, a round, curved surface for a bizarre or bitter story.
Grayson Perry
Oiks, Tarts, Wierdoes and Contemporary Art

1996



70 x 38 x 38 cm
“I’ve never done anything that was consciously just purely decorative. There always has to be a snag in it somewhere. It’s almost the defining characteristic of my work.”
Grayson Perry
Language of Cars

1999



39 x 28 x 28 cm
His work incorporates art history and the art world, consumer culture, scenarios of kinky sex and allusions to violence as well as images of himself, his family and his transvestite alter ego Claire.
Grayson Perry
Posh Bastards House

1999



55 x 23 x 23 cm

"I'm not an innovator, ceramic-wise. I use very traditional forms, techniques and it's merely the carrier of the message. That's how I want to keep it. But I'm always aware that it's a pot. It's not like I take it for granted. I'm always aware that I'm working on a vase and what that means"

Grayson Perry
Poverty

2000



87 x 27 x 27 cm

“The art world is a funny little place. It is a weird foreign country where they speak a funny language and if you want to operate in that land you have to speak that language - which is why 'craft' people don't get it sometimes.”

Grayson Perry
Discreetly Branded

1999



57 x 28 x 28 cm

The forms of the pots may be traditional, but Grayson Perry resolutely distances himself from the typical cannon of artistic ceramics.

Grayson Perry
Boring Cool People





Whilst depicting scenes of child abuse, bondage and sadomasochism or a gathering of society´s finest ´boring cool people´, the works remain elegant and lavish. These highly decorative objects, often covered with layers of lustre, gold leaf and sugary kitsch transfers are, by the artist´s own admission, ´perversion to match the curtains´.

Grayson Perry
We Are What We Buy

2000



50 x 22x 22 cm

Grayson Perry's Biography

Grayson Perry
Born in Chelmsford in 1960
Lives and works in London



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2017
The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, Serpentine Galleries, London; travelling to Arnolfini, Bristol (2017)

2016
Hold Your Beliefs Lightly, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; travelling to ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
My Pretty Little Art Career, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2015
Provincial Punk, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Small Differences, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2014
Who are You?, National Portrait Gallery, London
Walthamstow Tapestry, Winchester Discovery Centre

2013 - 2017
The Vanity of Small Differences (UK Art Fund/British Council National and International Tour): Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Tyne and Wear; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry; Croome Park, Worcester; Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury; Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia; National Gallery, Pristina, Kosovo; Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia

2012
The Vanity of Small Differences, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
The Walthamstow Tapestry, William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

2011
Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, The British Museum, London
Grayson Perry, Louis Vuitton Maison, London
Grayson Perry: Visual Dialogues, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

2009
The Walthamstow Tapestry, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

2008 -2010
Unpopular Culture (curated by Grayson Perry), de la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK; touring to Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham; Southampton City Art Gallery; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth; Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough; Longside Gallery, Wakefield; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

2007
My Civilisation, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; touring to Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2008)

2006
The Charms of Lincolnshire, Victoria Miro Gallery, London; touring to The Charms of Lincolnshire, The Collection, Lincoln
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA

2005
Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice

2004
Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Collection Intervention, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives

2002
Guerilla Tactics, Barbican Art Gallery, London,
Guerilla Tactics, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2000
Sensation, Laurent Delaye Gallery,

1996-7
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London

1994
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris

1991-2
David Gill Gallery, London

1991
Garth Clark Gallery, New York

1990
Birch & Conran, London

1988
Birch & Conran, London

1987
Birch & Conran, London

1986
The Minories, Colchester, Essex

1985
James Birch Gallery, London

1984
James Birch Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017
Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, United States; travelling to Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK (2018)
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, Imperial War Museum London, UK
God Save the Queen, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
It’s How Well You Bounce, Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, UK
Ways of Seeing, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey; travelling to Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium (2017 – 2018)
Tread Softly: An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
House Work, Victoria Miro, London, UK
Creating the Countryside, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

2016
Textiles: Painting With the Needle, Durham Cathedral, Durham, UK
The Neo Naturists, Studio Voltaire, London
Hidden Agenda: Socially Conscious Craft, Broadway Studio & Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, UK
Wreck and ruin, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, UK
The Story of British Comics So Far, The Lightbox, Woking, UK

2015
The Human Image: Masterpieces of Figurative Art from the British Museum, Seoul Arts Center, South Korea Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour, British Museum touring exhibition, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Ceramix, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Collection presentation contemporary art, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London
A Taste of Things to Come, Ocean Studios, Plymouth, UK
Voices from the inside, Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire, UK
Under the skin, Textiel Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Chercher le garcon, MAC / VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine cedex, France
Stitch in Time: The Fabric of Contemporary Life, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland

2014
Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Toyko Station Gallery, Japan; touring to Itami City Museum of Art, Japan; Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Kochi Museum of Art, Japan (2015); Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand (2015)
DECORUM –Carpets and Tapestries by Artists, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
British Ceramics, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan

2013
What am I Doing here?, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum Esbjerg, Denmark
Hangzhou Triennial of Fabric Art, Hangzhou Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Summer Exhibition 2013, Royal Academy, London
Painting and Philosophy, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France, curated by Bernard-Henri Lévy
Labour and Wait, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Inaugural exhibition, Stedelijk Museum s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Back to Earth. From Picasso to Ai Weiwei – The rediscovery of ceramics in art, Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
Out of Fashion, GL Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark; touring to KUNSTEN museum, Aalborg, Denmark
Hand Made, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam
Homelands: A 21st Century story of home, away and all the places in between, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India; touring to NGMA, Bengalaru; The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata; The Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery at the National College of Arts, Pakistan; IGNCA, Delhi; Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2012
Tea with Nefertiti, Qatar Museums Authority, UAE; touring to Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2013); Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2013); Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich, Germany (2014) Cartographies Caixaforum Barcelona & Caixaforum Madrid, Spain
Sinopticon: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary Art, Plymouth City Art Musuem, Plymouth, UK

2011
Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
Measuring the World – Heterotopias and Knowledge Spaces in Art, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
The Magic of Clay: Ceramics in contemporary art, GL Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark

2010
Aware: Art Fashion Identity – GSK Contemporary 2010, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Unconscious in Everyday Life, Science Museum, London
The Naked Face: Self-portraits, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

2009
British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967-2009, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York Fascination with the Foreign: China – Japan – Europe, Hetjens-Museum Landeshaupstadt Düsseldorf, Germany Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1), The Burger Collection, Berlin
Prints Charming, Liberty, London
Medals of Dishonour, British Museum, London
sh[OUT]: Contemporary art and human rights, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2008
Demons, Yarns and Tales, The Dairy, London
Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger, American Folk Art Museum,New York

2006
Designing Truth, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum – Zentrum Internationaler Skulptur, Duisburg
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
Fairy Tales Forever, ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Mixed-Up Childhood, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2004
A Secret History of Clay from Gauguin to Gormley, Tate Liverpool

2003
The Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London
For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Thatcher, The Blue Gallery , London

2001-2003
The East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London

2001
Carts and Rafts, Camberwell College, London

2001-02
Sense of Occasion, MAC, Birmingham

2001
New Labour, Saatchi Gallery, London
Sense of Occasion, Birmingham and other centres around UK
La Altra Brittania Tecla Sala, Barcelona
Self Portraya, Group show at Laurent Delaye Gallery, London

2000
Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Gallery, London
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
Contained Narrative, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
Hydra Foundation, Greece
541 Vases, Pots, Sculptures and Services, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Decadence, Crafts Council, London

1998-99
Over the Top, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, touring show

1998
Glazed Expressions, Orleans House

1997-98
Craft, Richard Salmon Gallery, London, Kettles Yard, Cambridge

1997-90
Objects of Our Time, Crafts Council, London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff,
American Crafts Museum, New York

1996-97
Hot Off The Press, Tullie House, Carlisle, Glasgow, Norwich, Croydon Clock Tower,
Crafts Council, London

1996
Indigo Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Philippe Rizzo Gallery, Paris

1993-95
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

1992
Fine Cannibals, Oldham Art Gallery and touring to University of Lancaster, Stockport
Art Gallery, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

1991-92
Essex Ware, Chelmsford and tour to Konigsburg, Germany and Amiens, France

1990
Words and Volume, Garth Clark Gallery, New York

1989
Nishi Azabu Wall, Tokyo (commission by Nigel Coates)

1988
Read Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio

1986
Mandelzoon, Rome

1985
Gallozi e La Placa, New York

1983
Ian Birksted Gallery, London

1981-82
Young Contemporaries, ICA, London


SPECIAL PROJECTS


2016
Grayson Perry: All Man, Channel 4 Television Series

2015
A House for Essex, by FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry, Wrabness, Essex
Grayson Perry’s Dream House, Channel 4 Television Series

2014
Grayson Perry: Who are You, Channel 4 Television Series (Bafta Television Specialist Factual award)

2013
Radio 4 Reith Lectures, Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery

2012
All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, Channel 4 Television Series (Bafta Television Specialist Factual award)