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My Heroes

  • Object:

    Vase

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Perry, Grayson, born 1960 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, coil-built, incised and applied decoration, coloured slips and glazes, enamel, gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Bought with the assistance of Dennis and
    Charlotte Stevenson

  • Museum number:

    C.10-2009

  • Gallery location:

    Studio Ceramics, room 142, case 14, shelf 2

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Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry uses the domestic and decorative associations of ceramics to explore complex personal, social and cultural themes. This vase depicts motorcyclist Barry Sheene, punk singer Mark E. Smith, transsexual model April Ashley and 19th century artist Aubrey Beardsley. By placing them on a pottery vase, Perry assigns them the status of popular heroes in an imagined folk-art tradition.

Physical description

Coil-built earthenware vase bearing portraits of Mark E. Smith, Barry Sheene, April Ashley and Aubrey Beardsley.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)

Date

1994 (made)

Artist/maker

Perry, Grayson, born 1960 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, coil-built, incised and applied decoration, coloured slips and glazes, enamel, gilding

Marks and inscriptions

Seal mark incorporating a 'W' above an anchor, impressed

Dimensions

Height: 30.4 cm, Diameter: 31.0 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, 'My Heroes', Grayson Perry, London, 1994.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Yoshioka, Emiko (ed.). My Civilisation: Grayson Perry. Kanazawa: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007. pp. 22-23, 105.

Exhibition History

My Civilisation: Grayson Perry (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 28/04/2007-31/08/2007)

Labels and date

Grayson Perry (born 1960)
‘My Heroes’
1994

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry
uses the domestic and decorative
associations of ceramics to explore
complex personal, social and cultural
themes. This vase depicts motorcyclist
Barry Sheene, punk singer Mark E. Smith,
transsexual model April Ashley and 19th century
artist Aubrey Beardsley. By
placing them on a pottery vase, Perry
assigns them the status of popular heroes
in an imagined folk-art tradition.

Made in London
Earthenware, coil-built and glazed, with
incised decoration

Museum no. C.10-2009. Bought with the assistance of Dennis and
Charlotte Stevenson [18/09/2009]

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Incised; Applied work

Subjects depicted

Homosexuality; Gender issues; Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent; Sheene, Barry; Smith, Mark E.; Ashley, April

Categories

Ceramics; Studio Pottery; Gender and Sexuality

Collection code

CER

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