Art and History Talk: The Double Life & Amazing works of Grayson Perry

Mon 14 October, 2019 @ 10:30 – 12:00
Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira
John Hopwood

Date: Monday 14th October 2019 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: The Art of Illustration

Lecturer: John Hopwood


It would be very difficult to find another artist anywhere near as colourful and as eccentric as Grayson Perry!

He suffered an extremely traumatic childhood during which he discovered his penchant for wearing women’s clothes.

This was followed by times of being a penniless young ‘punk’ living in a squat in London.

However, he chose his fellow squatters well with one being Stephen Jones, now probably the most respected, radical and important milliner of the 20th and early 21st centuries and with Boy George who needs little introduction.

The three of them would all compete to dress in the most outrageous outfits, throw wild fancy dress parties and take LSD.

During this time Perry decided to become an artist and his studies were eventually rewarded with a BA from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982.

He started his career as a very controversial ‘transvestite potter’, but he has since become a Turner-Prize-winning artist – the only potter ever to receive that award – a BAFTA-winning documentary maker, an author, a social commentator, a museum curator, a Reith lecturer and a devoted husband and father.

Grayson Perry is also a creator of the most wonderful and colourful tapestries woven on Flemish looms.

He is a consummate self-publicist, which may have been necessary at the beginning of his career, but no longer now that he is one of the most well-known British artists alive.

This talk is full of humour, of pathos and of the quite amazing works of this unique artist.