Grayson Perry, renowned for his ceramic vases decorated with shocking, unconventional imagery, rose to fame in 2003 when he won the Turner Prize. Since then, Perry has remained an important voice in the arts and the contemporary discussion of gender—in 2016, he published the critically acclaimed book The Descent of Man. Perry’s hard-hitting yet exquisite work, which also includes tapestry, prints, sculpture, and drawing, references his own upbringing and his life as a transvestite while engaging with broader issues, from war and religion to politics and sex.
Grayson Perry, now in an expanded and updated edition to cover his work up to 2019, explores Perry’s art through a discussion of his major themes and subjects. Jacky Klein’s text is complemented by intimate and insightful commentaries on individual pieces by the artist, giving unique access to his imaginative world and creative processes. Over 225 of Perry’s works are illustrated, as well as a rich selection of the visual material that has inspired him, from Afghan war rugs, Sumatran batiks, and medieval altarpieces to the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and the American outsider artist Henry Darger.
Jacky Klein is an art historian and writer specializing in twentieth-century contemporary art. Formerly a curator at London’s Hayward Gallery, she is the co-author with Suzy Klein of What Is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide.