British artist Grayson Perry (born in 1960) was born in Chelmsford, Essex and lives and works in London. He uses traditional media such as tapestry, ceramic, and print-making to explore his fascination with contemporary social issues and the often provocative topics of religion, sex, gender, politics, class and identity. Perry is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists and has had major solo exhibitions at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, (2015 – 2016), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, (2015), The British Museum, London (2011), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2007), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), Barbican Art Gallery, London (2002) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002).
Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003, the most prestigious contemporary art award in the UK. He collected the award dressed as a woman, his alter ego 'Claire', in order to demonstrate his interest in identity, which is also found in his art. Since then he has become a loved and popular figure who presents television programmes and radio shows alongside his visual arts practice, speaking openly and frankly about the value of art in society.