Fab 40: Grayson Perry
As an artist famed for hard-hitting ceramics and cross-dressing tendencies, Grayson Perry has carved an unusual niche for himself in the British psyche. Rising to prominence in 2003 with a well-deserved Turner Prize nomination, Perry and his alter ego, Claire, have fast proved themselves treasures of the UK art scene.
Straddling the media and the real world like a seasoned pro, Perry will this month mark his stellar status with the Walthamstow Tapestry - a ballsy take on the age-old art form, set to span East London's Victoria Miro 14 Gallery. Inspired by Malaysian Batik and Eastern European folk art, the tapestry casts its withering gaze over brand-obsessed Britain - and in the vein of some latter-day Chaucer, we can't help but love Perry for it.