by Denimu in New Art on Wednesday 20 June 2012

As an English ex-pat, I am always interested by opinions and stereotypes on what people think England is really like. So I was fascinated by Grayson Perry’s tapestries. The 2003 Turner prize winner went on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain to gather inspiration for his artworks, literally weaving the characters he met into a narrative partly inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress. He comments: ‘The tapestries tell the story of class mobility, for I think nothing has as strong an influence on our aesthetic taste as the social class in which we grow up’.