Prize-winning artist takes over major London gallery this autumn

Released on: August 13, 2014, 4:50 am (EDT)
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Grayson Perry’s new exhibition explores Britons through a variety of portraits

LONDON, August 13, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- One of Britain's most popular artists, the Turner Prize-winning Grayson Perry, will present a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery called Who Are You? This exhibition features 14 portraits of individuals, families and groups that will be placed within the gallery's nineteenth and twentieth-century displays, and include a self-portrait and a major new tapestry. The exhibition runs from 25th October 2014 to 15th March 2015, and is sure to be one of the key attractions to the gallery in Trafalgar Square, where it is close to cheap London hotels, shops and restaurants. For more information, see

The portraits include one of politician Chris Huhne, painted on the day of his release from prison, and it will feature alongside images of deaf parents, a Muslim convert, a couple living with Alzheimers, an X-Factor contestant and a transsexual in the display made with a variety of media by the Turner Prize-winning artist and BAFTA Award-winning broadcaster. Perry met the subjects at a moment in their lives in which they need to define who they are, and then distilled his impressions of this into a portrait. Some of the sitters have become miniatures, some large tapestries, others statues and pots.

Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry and is interested in how each historic category of object accrues over time's intellectual and emotional baggage. His hard-hitting and exquisitely crafted works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics to sex and religion. For more on this and other exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, see

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