Grayson Perry, Sponsored by You, 2019
215 x 320 x 10 cm (84 5/8 x 126 x 4 in)
Edition of 15 plus 2 artist's proofs
© Grayson Perry
Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro
A modern-day Hogarth, English multidisciplinary artist Grayson Perry is a great observer and chronicler of contemporary life.
His multi-layered artworks are rich in detail and can be witty, challenging or dark but the focus is always a subject he cares deeply about: “An emotional charge is what draws me to a subject”.
He reflects on society, its pleasures as well as its injustices and flaws; acknowledges human features, such as identity, sexuality and social status; and includes autobiographical elements, for example, his childhood, family and transvestism.
Motifs that often appear in Perry’s work include Claire, his female alter-ego, and Alan Measles, his childhood teddy bear. In Sponsored by You, Perry casts these two characters as wealthy individuals who’ve made vast sums of money from the world of digital technology. Happy in their situation, they’re speeding through Silicon Valley in their exotic supercar, which is covered in decals of tax havens such as Panama, the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man. Given those who collect contemporary art might perceive a provocation, Perry has said that during the making of his artworks, he has in mind Nam June Paik’s famous quote that ‘the artist should always bite the hand that feeds him – but not too hard.’
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Hedge, issue 58, pp54-59, August 2020