Interview: Sophie Heawood
Grayson Perry has always been a controversial artist, but he suspects that no one has noticed. Oh, people know he’s a hugely successful potter in an art world that doesn’t usually rate pottery, and they’ve definitely spotted that he’s a transvestite with an alter ego called Claire, who wears fabulous dresses to televised awards shows. Then there’s his very watchable documentary series for Channel 4, which has turned him into something of a household name, and there’s also his wife, Philippa Perry, whose fame is starting to rival his with her bestselling psychotherapy books about bringing up children and staying sane. But controversial? Dangerous? Problematic? “I’m playing a fine line here,” he admits.
Image: Portrait of Grayson Perry, 2019
Photography: © Venetia Scott