When I had some leisure time over the Christmas break I went to see the Grayson Perry – My Pretty Little Art Career exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Perry is an internationally renowned artist and Turner Prize recipient and the exhibition is the first major survey exhibition in the Southern hemisphere of his work.
As the catalogue says “… Perry is one of the best known British artists of his generation, acclaimed for his ceramics, sculptures, drawings, prints and tapestries. With a keen eye for detail and a love of the popular and vernacular, Perry infuses his artworks with a sly humour and reflection on society past and present.”
I was particularly interested in seeing the huge tapestries (check this link for some images to get an idea of the scale) which he designs and then has mechanically woven. I found an interesting Education information pack online via Google about an exhibition of The Vanity of Small Differences which outlines the creative and production process.
I was also enthralled by his other works. The range of his creativity and artistry is quite amazing. Everything from ceramics, sculpture, paintings, sketches and tapestries is imbued with an astonishing array of imagery which ranges from the highly personal to the political. Nothing seems to be sacred!
Perry also has an alter ego in the form of “Claire” and his childhood teddy bear Alan Measles is regularly featured in his work, you can see him in the above pot. Gotta love a man who loves his teddy bear!
He also endeared himself to me when I discovered that he had included a sewing machine in this sculpture called Mother.
His work is certainly provocative, but never dull, and astonishing in its breadth of creative talent.