Grayson Perry's groundbreaking ‘lost’ pots will be reunited for the first time to focus on the formative years of one of Britain’s most recognisable artists.
This is the first exhibition to survey Perry’s earliest forays into the art world, reintroducing the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994. The show is also remarkable for the fact that many of the 70 items on display have been crowd-sourced from across the UK, following a hugely successful appeal to the public in 2018.
The exhibition begins in 1982 when Perry was first working as an artist, and then charts his progress to the mid-90s when he became established in the mainstream London art scene.
It provides a snapshot of a very British time and place, and reveals the transition of Grayson’s style from playful riffs on historic art, such as old Staffordshire pottery, along with crowns – the mixed-media Crown of Penii (1982) – and thrones – Saint Diana, let them eat shit (1984), inspired by his fascination with Princess Diana – into a style that is patently his own: plates and vases rich with detail that tell tales of our times and experiences, such as 1989’s Cocktail Party.