Textiles have long been part of Grayson Perry’s creative vocabulary. Bringing together a selection of tapestries completed during the past eight years, the London exhibition unites works old and new across the core themes and subjects of his work. Perry’s tapestries take an art form traditionally associated with grand houses – depicting classical myths, historical and religious scenes and epic battles – and play with the idea of using this ancient allegorical art to elevate the dramas of contemporary British life.
Politics, consumerism, history and art history are bound up in the work, in both subject and medium.
- from Victoria Miro's press release
For Grayson Perry's solo exhibition at Victoria Miro London ('Posh Cloths', February 3 - March 25, 2023), Factum Arte produced two new tapestries for a display featuring several textile works, all conceived and made over the past eight years in close collaboration with the artist.
Together with In its Familiarity, Golden, 2015, A Perfect Match, 2015, The Digmoor Tapestry, 2016, Battle of Britain, 2017, Large Expensive Abstract Painting, 2019, Very Large Very Expensive Abstract Painting, 2020 and Morris, Gainsborough, Turner, Riley, 2021, two new works were presented: Sacred Tribal Artefact and Credit Card, A13, Van Eyck, Microprocessor, commissioned by Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd.
Perry worked with Factum Arte's Textile Department in order to translate the complex, colourful drawings into woven form, using a blend of carefully selected materials. The pieces were woven at Flanders Tapestries (Sacred Tribal Artefact) and B&T Textilia (Credit Card, A13, Van Eyck, Microprocessor) in Belgium.
Installation view, Grayson Perry: Posh Cloths 3 February - 25 March 2023, Victoria Miro, Gallery I, 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW
© Grayson Perry Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro
Sacred Tribal Artefact
200 x 350 cm
cotton, acrylic, wool and viscose
My starting points for this tapestry were Persian Lion rugs, a tradition that goes back to the twelfth century, and American folk art, in the form of hooked rugs, which often depict a domestic cat. The Lion is a symbol of power, particularly male power in many cultures, even in countries where lions are not a native species, like England. I have drawn a rather tired, battered, ageing, defeated old patriarch who is handing over the sword and the tattered flag of England to a young woman. His coat is matted and is marked by traditional motifs from different lands. His fart is in the shape of a nuclear explosion. This work is a heraldic depiction of an ancient country in a time of change.
- Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry, Sacred Tribal Artefact, 2023 © courtesy the Artist
Card, A13, Van Eyck, Microprocessor
138 x 100 cm
silk and cotton
I wanted to make something from the stuff of normal life, money, commuting, marriage, the internet. I layered the four images one on top of the other and then rubbed through them digitally until I could just about make out all four. It looks like a small worn carpet, a prayer mat, the first thing my feet might touch in the morning, grateful to be alive, another normal day.
- Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry, Credit Card, A13, Van Eyck, Microprocessor, 2022 © Oak Taylor-Smith | Factum Arte
© Oak Taylor-Smith | Factum Arte