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Perry, Grayson

John-Paul Stonard

in Oxford Art Online


Published online October 2000 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T097079

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(b Chelmsford, Essex, March 24, 1960).

English ceramicist, embroiderer and film maker. He studied at the Braintree College of Further Education (1978–9), and at Portsmouth Polytechnic (1979–82). He was included in the New Contemporaries exhibition at the ICA, London, in 1981 and 1982, and later exhibited regularly both in Britain and abroad; his first solo exhibitions took place in 1984. Perry’s ceramic work mixes obscene and genteel imagery in a naive, awkward style; his pots sport ‘rude confessions’ that glorify what Perry describes as ‘the ugly, the twee and the suburban’ (see Jar with Rude Words). His choice of ceramic as a ‘feminine’ medium was strongly influenced by his identification with feminity and transvestism—he often appears at his openings as Claire Perry—suggesting a concern with self-image and the status of pottery within the contemporary art world. Many of his pots have a critical edge focused on the vanities of the art world, as in ...

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Subjects: Ceramic Arts, Pottery, and Glass ; Film and Video Art ; 20th-Century Art ; Contemporary Art

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