I have loved Grayson perry FOREVER. I love how colourful he is, they way he works and the work he produces.
If you don’t know who Grayson Perry is. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??????
Grayson perry is a Turner Prize Winning artist who works mostly in ceramics and tapestry, taking influence from politics, society and culture. He has done a number of documentaries on channel 4, one of which you can watch Here. There are also a number of his lectures on YouTube if you’re as geeky as me and fancy a listen.
As well as his artwork, Grayson is also know for his cross dressing. He, however, takes it to a whole new level. His outfits are ridiculously outrageous, along with the most amazing shoes. The outfits are FULL of colour, usually designed by Grayson himself. His alter ego, Claire, is a somewhat exaggerated, cartoon like, almost grotesque depiction, almost child like.
Something that always helps me get creative is to flick through images from artists sketch books. The book available of Graysons sketchbooks is by far my favourite. It’s just beautiful and shows the how is work develops from initial idea to finished piece. Here are a couple of images from the book
There are also a number of other books which show his artwork, on where it has fold outs of his tapestries and it has a fabric cover, which just adds that little extra to it.
So if you need that little extra push with your creativity, have a butchers at some Grayson perry. You won’t be sorry. Unless you get offended by cocks, then you most definitely shouldn’t. But you should go and talk to a professional about how suppressed you are. Disclaimer: Thats not a diagnosis.
My plan is to do an ‘Artists of influence’ post at least once a month so look out for the next one.
I’m off to do weekend things now, hope you all have a joyful one and give us a follow on instagram to keep up with being effing fancy.
Illustration at the top is Grayson perry by me