Grayson Perry (b. 1960, Essex, UK). Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry. His works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite, while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics, to sex and religion. Awards include winner of the Turner prize (2003); a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List (June 2013); and a RIBA Honorary Fellowship (2016). Career highlights include delivering The Reith Lectures, BBC Radio 4's annual flagship talk series by leading international thinkers, to widespread acclaim (2013) and Playing to the Gallery, his ensuing book, was published by Penguin. Select projects include Grayson Perry: Who Are You? a series of television programmes about identity, broadcast on Channel 4 with an accompanying display at the National Portrait Gallery (2014). He also completed a series on masculinity for Channel 4 entitled All Man, creating work inspired specifically by the lives of the men he encountered, as well as producing The Descent of Man, a book on masculinity, published by Penguin. A House for Essex, commissioned by Living Architecture and designed by Perry and FAT Architecture was unveiled in 2015. Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012, and was also appointed Trustee of the British Museum (2015), and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (2015). He has had major solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the critically acclaimed Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum (2011); My Pretty Little Art Career at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia; and The Vanity of Small Differences, a suite of tapestries currently on a national and international tour led by the Arts Council Collection and British Council.
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