Grayson Perry as Claire
Viewed by some as a controversial figure, Grayson Perry is an master craftsman who lives and works in London. He is perhaps most well known for winning the Turner Prize in 2003 and cross dressing. His ceramic and fabric work provide a running commentary on modern society with contrasts of theme, shape, motif and colour.
At first glance, grecian urns with a classical silhouette seem unchallenging but closer inspection reveals contemporary emblems and background scenes that can be unsettling. Mobile phones, car accidents, weapons and nuclear disasters sit amongst idyllic country cottages and fairytale sets. The tension in the work represents Grayson Perry's own inner turmoil and struggle with his low self esteem and life history. Nostalgia, lost innocence, politics, satire and violence all appear regularly. The ceramics are richly textured with complex glazing techniques and many pieces have an historic eastern european feel. Perry has also developed interesting fabrics using whimsical motifs with Liberty of London.