Grayson Perry (English, b. 1960)
The Huhne Vase, 2014
Glazed ceramic
26 ⅓ x 15 ¾ in. (67 x 40 cm)
© Grayson Perry Collection of the Artist. Courtesy of the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

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Grayson Perry made this portrait after meeting former Liberal Democrat politician Chris Huhne before and after he went to prison for perverting the course of justice. This was documented in the television programme Who Are You? and the vase was shown in the exhibition of the same title at the National Portrait Gallery. The pot is decorated with pictures of Huhne, his personalised number plate, the liberal democrat symbol and penises. “Chris Huhne represents what I call Default Man, a white, middle-class, middle-aged, heterosexual male, an identity group that hides in plain sight. This is a riposte to the common Default Man’s defence that he is an ‘individual’ and his achievements and behaviour have nothing to do with group identity. I have smashed the pot and had it repaired with gold to symbolize that vulnerability might be an asset in relationships to such a person.”

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