The Essex House Tapestries: Life Of Julie Cope by Grayson Perry

These two tapestries tell the life story of Julie Cope, a fictional character created by the artist Grayson Perry.

Details

Medium:
Textiles, tapestry
Dimensions:
290 × 343cm
Acquired in:
2015
Vendor:
Victoria Miro Gallery

The first one, titled In its Familiarity Golden, portrays Julie’s early years from birth to marriage. Her later years, second marriage and death in a motorbike accident are depicted in A Perfect Match.

The tapestries were created for a house in Essex designed by Perry for the Living Architecture project. The first edition of the work now hangs in the house.

Grayson Perry trained as an artist at Portsmouth Polytechnic and became known for his large ceramic pots covered in irreverent texts and drawings. He won the Turner Prize in 2003 and became a Royal Academician in 2011. 

The Crafts Council Collection is the first public collection in the world to acquire any work from this series. 

Provenance

Victoria Miro Gallery

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