COMING HOME: Grayson Perry
Past national programme archive
24 February - 17 May 2020
Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford
by Richard Ansett
18 September 2013
Grayson Perry was born in 1960 and grew up in Chelmsford, Essex. He studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art (1979-82) and undertook pottery classes at the Central Institute from 1983. His practice primarily involves working with ceramics, but has extended to include textiles and printmaking. His work explores a variety of contemporary and historical themes, offering a direct commentary on societal injustices and hypocrisies. He was included in Young Contemporaries at the ICA in 1981, exhibited Guerrilla Tactics at the Barbican (2002), won the 2003 Turner Prize and was awarded an OBE in 2013.
This vivid portrait was taken moments before Perry, dressed as his alter-ego ‘Claire’, delivered the first of his BBC Reith Lecture series on the theme of ‘Playing to the Gallery’ at Tate Modern in London. Perry has described the experience of being photographed as ‘observing the photographer with equal fascination’. This is captured by photographic artist Richard Ansett in Perry’s stance and expression.