Reclining Artist
etching in colours, 2017, on wove paper, signed in pencil, inscribed AP on the reverse, one of ten artist’s proofs aside from the edition of 58, published by The Paragon Press, London
Plate 674 x 1002 mm.
Sheet 700 x 1023 mm.
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“This is me, both as artist and model in my studio. I wanted to make something in the tradition of the reclining nude. I'm hoping it will be popular with educated middle-class people who might enjoy spotting the art-historical references within it. Reclining Artist is both an idealized fantasy and also the messy reality. It is perhaps me expressing my desire to be a sex object and also show off my cultural capital and boyish paraphernalia. The sofa is draped in a test piece of my 2011 tapestry Map of Truths and Beliefs. Alan Measles, my teddy bear and metaphor for masculinity and god, appears as a sculpture, as an inflatable and on a dress hanging on the wall. The cat is called Kevin.”

– Grayson Perry

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