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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/England      Known for: whimsical ceramics-earthenware, cross-dressing themes

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Grayson Perry (1960-)

He was born in Chelmsford, England in 1960.  Perry studied at Braintree College of Further Education and at Portsmouth Polytechnic.  In the early 1980s, Perry was a member of the Neo-Naturist group, and took part in performance and film works.  He has continued to make work in a variety of media which now includes embroidery and photography.  

Perry is best known for his ceramic works: classically shaped vases covered with figures, patterns and text.  The revealing and often dark subject matter depicted on these pots is at first disguised by their colorful, decorative appearance.  His chosen topics include autobiographical images of himself, his transvestite alter ego Claire, and his family, as well as references to political events and an investigation of cultural stereotypes.  Perry has also used embroidery and photography to explore these themes, for example Coming Out Dress 2000, a richly embroidered dress for Claire which Perry wore during a performance which merged his private female persona with his artwork.

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