Published to accompany the exhibition Grayson Perry: Smash Hits, on show at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh from 22 July until 12 November 2023, the largest ever UK exhibition of Grayson Perry’s work, covering his whole 40-year career.
“It is a moment to reflect on the arc of my career.” Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists and cultural figures. This book, published to accompany the largest-ever retrospective of Perry’s work, offers a personal and vibrant insight into his life and work, from his youth in rural Essex to sell-out stage shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
Grayson Perry reflects on his art, his life and career, remembering the sources of inspiration and influences along the way. Victoria Coren Mitchell’s thought-provoking contribution considers the role of humour in Perry’s art, highlighting the often-underestimated effort of being at once a serious artist and a lovable character. Patrick Elliott provides an illuminating biographical essay of the artist and offers a fascinating glimpse into the technique and process behind Perry’s prints, pots and tapestries.
Showcasing 75 of Perry’s works – including new works published for the first time – the book covers the full range and breadth of his astonishing career. Ceramics, sculptures, prints and tapestries, dealing with historical and contemporary themes ranging from consumerism to national identity to sexuality, are reproduced in vivid colour, accompanied by the artist’s own insights.