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Grayson Perry: An Appraisal Harry Fletcher Wednesday 17 April 2019


Grayson Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing us in with wit, affecting sentiment and nostalgia as well as, at times, fear and anger. In his work, Perry tackles subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality, religion. Autobiographical references – to the artist’s childhood, his family and his transvestism – can be read in tandem with questions about décor and decorum, class and taste, and the status of the artist versus that of the artisan.

Perry uses ceramics and other art forms to make stealthy comments about society, its pleasures as well as its injustices and flaws, and to explore a variety of historical and contemporary themes. He works with traditional media such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry, and is interested in how each historic category of object accrues intellectual and emotional baggage over time.
His Channel 4 series “All in the best possible taste” won a BAFTA award and lead to the production of six tapestries “The Vanity of Small Differences”. From October to November 2014 he became the first artist to present the Reith lectures, which were warmly received. Grayson Perry has curated a very popular exhibition at the British Museum of around 30 of his own new works alongside around 170 objects by unknown men and women throughout history. 

Winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012, and received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2013; he has been awarded the prestigious appointments of Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (both in 2015), and received a RIBA Honorary Fellowship in 2016. 


Harry Fletcher has tutored three courses for the Open University - The History of Modern Art, Art and the Environment, and Design, Processes and Products. He has worked as an OU examiner and A level examiner in the History of Art. He is a practising artist who has had work shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.