Grayson Perry! I used to make things like this. I called them visual poems. I call a lot of my work visual poems, coming from a lit background, wondering when I will start looking at what I do as art maybe!

Grayson Perry! I used to make things like this. I called them visual poems. I call a lot of my work visual poems, coming from a lit background, wondering when I will start looking at what I do as art maybe!

Grayson Perry a fascinating person and artist. Born 1960. Chelmsford, England. Known for Ceramic vases and cross dressing.

Grayson Perry a fascinating person and artist. Born 1960. Chelmsford, England. Known for Ceramic vases and cross dressing.

'Our Mother' (2009) by British artist provocateur Grayson Perry (b 1960). Clay. via Art Tattler

'Our Mother' (2009) by British artist provocateur Grayson Perry (b 1960). Clay. via Art Tattler

This has the preciousness of a well-traveled Russian antique. Glazed in golds, silvers and whites, Perry’s urn tells a Gothic tale of a child’s death in a gloomy small town. The image is timeless: it could be yesterday or eighty years ago; but almost certainly it has to be Eastern European – nowhere else could such horrific grief be met with such fairy-tale romanticism.

This has the preciousness of a well-traveled Russian antique. Glazed in golds, silvers and whites, Perry’s urn tells a Gothic tale of a child’s death in a gloomy small town. The image is timeless: it could be yesterday or eighty years ago; but almost certainly it has to be Eastern European – nowhere else could such horrific grief be met with such fairy-tale romanticism.

Artist Grayson Perry's Head of a Fallen Giant

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Grayson Perry's The Walthamstow Tapestry goes on display in London

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Credit: Robin Friend Grayson PerryWalthamstow, north-east London“When I was at college we all had our little chipboard cubicles that we worked in. Someone came up and went: ‘Oooh, you’ve got a meaty space!’ And I thought , yeah, I do like to have a busy space. I like the feeling that it’s got a density of in an armchair and listen to The Archers”

Secrets of the studio - in pictures

Credit: Robin Friend Grayson PerryWalthamstow, north-east London“When I was at college we all had our little chipboard cubicles that we worked in. Someone came up and went: ‘Oooh, you’ve got a meaty space!’ And I thought , yeah, I do like to have a busy space. I like the feeling that it’s got a density of in an armchair and listen to The Archers”


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The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman. Grayson Perry. British Museum. 13-01-12

"The Existential Void" by Grayson Perry, Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Image by Sezohanim/Flickr

"The Existential Void" by Grayson Perry, Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Image by Sezohanim/Flickr

"I think of my robes as partly the uniform of an ancient craftsman's guild and partly the ritual garment of a shamanic encounter from the contemporary art tribe" - Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry's Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman - in pictures

"I think of my robes as partly the uniform of an ancient craftsman's guild and partly the ritual garment of a shamanic encounter from the contemporary art tribe" - Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry We've Found the Body of Your Child 2000 Ear thenware 49 x 30 x 30 cm

Grayson Perry We've Found the Body of Your Child 2000 Ear thenware 49 x 30 x 30 cm

Grayson Perry: "I love fakes for they make us think about what it is we see in the authentic. About how much of our awe in front of a great historical artefact is in its inherent beauty and how much is to do with its auspicious provenance."

Grayson Perry: "I love fakes for they make us think about what it is we see in the authentic. About how much of our awe in front of a great historical artefact is in its inherent beauty and how much is to do with its auspicious provenance."

Potter Artist Grayson Perry (British: 1960) - Our Father, 2007 - Cast iron, oil paint and string, 80 x 60 x 52 cms

Potter Artist Grayson Perry (British: 1960) - Our Father, 2007 - Cast iron, oil paint and string, 80 x 60 x 52 cms

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