So after visiting Grayson Perry’s art exhibition – THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER! Back in November I decided I wanted to include Perry and some of the artwork that stood out to me at the exhibition in my dissertation, after all Perry is very emotionally connected to his artwork, he only produces work that relates to something he feels passionate about.
I have chosen to use the Reclining Artist print and Animal Spirit as these had made an impact on my when I saw them up close, whether it was the process/techniques Perry used to produce them and the boldness of the lines that drew me in, I felt they both had a strong message/story to tell. Grayson Perry uses many symbols within all his artwork that relate to the goings on in the world around him, provoking discussions about each part of his artworks.
So who is Grayson Perry you ask?
Grayson Perry is a contemporary artist born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1960, usually described with words such as Provocative, Oddity, Contemporary and Flamboyant just to name a few. Perry is very open about his Transvestite persona, Claire. Perry tends to dress as Claire and incorporates her into his artwork he started cross-dressing at the age of 12. Covering gender topics in his artwork is something obviously close to Perry’s heart, I feel this through looking at Perrys’ Reclining Artist piece. Grayson Perry has used pottery, tapestries, print and sculpture to express himself through art and since the early 1980’s he has been exhibiting his work around the world.
Perry had a traumatic childhood with an abusive stepfather, which he has portrayed in some of his work. Could this be the reason behind Claire? throughout my research I intend to answer this question and link it to the emotion behind his work and if it is art itself. Perry also features ‘Alan Measles’, his childhood teddy bear in his artwork as well which is another link to the emotion he feels/felt after making the teddy his father figure – You can definitely tell Perry had an imagination.
In an online article, Grayson Perry: ‘I felt I might fail as a parent if I didn’t get help’ written by Michael Odell, Perry explains how he feared failing as a parent to his only daughter Florence. He didn’t want to repeat his childhood, nor did he want it to affect his relationship with his daughter so he knew he needed therapy to be the best father he could.