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  • Provenance

    Laurent Delaye Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Artist Grayson Perry has made a name for himself through the creation of intricate, seductive, beautifully presented pots, of which on closer inspection depict scenes of torment and despair, the desire to portray the underlying flaws concealed within society is at the heart of Perry's practice. Although presented in a traditional manner, Perry resolutely attempts to detach himself from the typical cannon of ceramics, the pots in turn become literal receptacles for his narratives. Along the curved surface of the pot, Perry mixes sentiments of nostalgia and a lost youth and innocence with savage and satirical messages, incorporating the history of the art world, consumer culture and scenes violence and sexual escapades. Grayson Perry's work, be it poised and pretty, never the less presents his audience with moral dilemmas of both an intimate and global scale, making him a figure of formidable intrigue.
    "I'm not an innovator, ceramic-wise. I use very traditional forms, techniques and it's merely the carrier of the message. That's how I want to keep it. But I am always aware that it's a pot. It's not like I take it for granted. I am always aware that I am working on a vase and what that means." Grayson Perry

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Nostalgia For The Bad Times

1999
Glazed earthenware.
43 x 30 x 30 cm. (16 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in).

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 Ω ♠

Sold for £46,850

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

18 Oct 2008, 7pm
London