Grayson Perry (English, b. 1960)
Queen’s Bitter, 2007
Glazed ceramic
22 ½ x 17 in. (57 x 44 cm)
Burger Collection, Hong Kong

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“This is a celebratory piece about working-class culture. My main influences were the ethnographic photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Patrick Ward, which reminded me of a more innocent Britain of clubs and hobbies and Mackeson stout. The pot is covered in patriotic imagery, with drawings that I did in a deliberately folky style. The medallions have pictures of me in different headscarves, one of my earliest fetishes. Nowadays there is a potency in the debate about Islam and the headscarf. More often, though, I associate them with working-class women going to the salon.”
Grayson Perry quotes on individual artworks taken from Grayson Perry by Jacky Klein. © 2009 Jacky Klein. Reprinted by kind permission of Thames & Hudson Ltd., London
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