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Turner winner faces media whirl
By Chris Heard
BBC News Online

Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry has described the first few hours of his new-found media fame after lifting the UK arts world's most prestigious award.

Perry told BBC News Online he would have to get used to becoming "fashionable" now he had become part of the British artistic establishment.

"It is going to be odd," said Perry, who used some of his prize-winning pottery to comment on the UK art scene.

"I'll have to pick on someone else and find something else to rail against."

Grayson Perry with wife Philipa (right) and daughter Flo
Perry said he was pictured "like a politician" with his wife and daughter
Perry, a transvestite who wore a frilly dress at Sunday night's awards ceremony, said he had enjoyed his first post-Turner encounters with newspapers and broadcasters.

Speaking to BBC News Online on Monday, he said: "I like the contrast between all the different journalists. This morning I came here to do Today (on BBC Radio 4), followed by breakfast TV. It was like bad cop, good cop.

"Then I was doorstepped by the Daily Express when I got home. The tabloids are pretty positive this morning. The Sun was one of the most positive. It wasn't Grayson Perry, transvestite. It was Grayson Perry, dad, 43, with his family - like a politician. Although I was in the dress."

Perry said he believed his new status would allow him the opportunity to turn down work he would previously have taken on.

"It gives me power," he said. "I'm not very good at saying no, and this will get the 'no' muscle into shape.

"That's the biggest downside - you can promise people things and do all the rubbish jobs, and not do the good ones. You have to become mercenary."
Grayson Perry
Perry said he hoped his new status would give him power to say "no"

Before Sunday night, his ceramic vases with their disturbing and funny words and images were already selling at up to 40,000 each.

So it is a case of him naming his price from now on?

"I don't think so. I don't actually produce that many pieces, and it's no problem selling them anyway. It's always a balance, which my agent looks after."

Perry said he did not believe his win signalled a shift of emphasis in the Turner Prize away from the avant-garde to a more traditional craft.

"One cycle is in and it tends to blow hot and cold - a left-brain, right-brain cycle," he said. "It is going back to more instinctual, emotional work.

"It's a consensus in the art world about quality, and it will roll around again. Things will come along that will be completely different."

Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry
"Some people may look at my work and be shocked; others might look and be bored"


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