Smoking Pot: A Transvestite Odyssey
Two Children Born on The Same Day, 1996 by Artist Greyson Perry
Picture Courtesy Saatchi Gallery
Francis Bacon once said, “I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck”, which could not be more perfectly true than for fellow British artist, Grayson Perry. Grayson, 53, grew up in England during the 1970s, the height of the Punk era. Add, what is coming to be a formula for great artists, a broken home, absent father and drunk and/or violent stepfather, and you create hours of childhood loneliness; fertile ground to bred a brilliant, imaginative artist. Grayson’s story goes several steps further – luck; at age 8, while attending a school pottery class, he was dressed in a rubber protective smock. It felt exciting on his skin, coinciding with his own early sexual development and forever forging his impressionable mind, a love of dresses, rubber, and ceramics.
Grayson, the only married, crossdressing/transvestite ceramicist to win Arts most prestigious award, the Turner Prize in 2003, is the subject of a newly expanded and reissued book on the artist and his work: Grayson Perry (reissued and expanded) by Jacky Klein [Jun 2013, Thames & Hudson].
The book covers Grayson groundbreaking ceramics, using Classic pot shapes from Greek and Roman examples and adding to them elaborate socially biting and often sexually explicit drawings and commentary. Grayson has also been the subject of several documentaries including: Triumph of Innocence and a TV mini-series for British channel 4, In the Best Possible Taste.
Want to see more of Greyson Perry’s pottery or his transvestite statement pieces? Visit our bonus Pinterest board of Greyson Perry images.