Artist research: Grayson Perry

Updated on 12 March 2017 (Harvard referencing).

17 October 2016. Born in the UK in 1960 ceramic, quilt and cross-dressing artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry derives his subjects from a world of sad experience far off my own tracks. What on the Saatchi Gallery’s website is described as “cosmopolitan folk art” (Saatchi Gallery, n.d.), appears to me to contain multiple intricately interwoven layers of storytelling. This is where a connection is made, because this complex storytelling is what I want to achieve in my own work. To me Perry’s unusual supports for his stories show strong commitment in going through the stages required to arrive at such results, see e.g. his tapestry titled “The Digmoor Tapestry” (Perry, 2016). Although his style has no particular emotional appeal to me, looking at his results gives me a great headache, because it is exactly this laborious process of developing a project which I am struggling with. I can only hope that I may not run into problems with OCA requirements at some point, because of the inalterable time constraints I am and will be facing for years to come.


Perry, G. (2016) The Digmoor Tapestry [textile] [online]. Paragon Press, London. Available at: Accessed 17 October 2016]

Saatchi Gallery (n.d.) Grayson Perry [online]. Saatchi Gallery, London. Available at: [Accessed 17 October 2016]