Grayson Perry, CBE RA
Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists who has excelled in creating pieces with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry, exhibiting nationally and internationally.
His works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics, sex and religion, as well as contemporary issues such as Brexit and divided Britain. Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012, awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2013 and in 2015 was appointed Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts, London.
Most recently, Perry completed a series on masculinity for Channel 4 television entitled All Man and created work inspired specifically by the lives of the men he encountered. His ensuing book The Descent of Man was published by Penguin in 2016. The artist's A House for Essex, a permanent building designed in collaboration with FAT Architecture, was constructed in the North Essex countryside in 2015.
A major exhibition of his work, The Greatest Art Exhibition Ever! was held at the Serpentine Gallery in the summer of 2017.