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Signed Print Edition of 68
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Sponsored By You is a signed etching in colour on wove paper made by the critically acclaimed British artist Grayson Perry. The print was produced in 2019 and comes in an edition size of 68. Winning the prestigious Turner Prize for his ceramics in 2003, Perry has also created various prints, like this artwork, as well as numerous printed tapestries and other mixed media artworks.
The composition is dominated by bold colours which clash with one another. Red and green feature heavily along with hints of white and yellow. The use of bright colours and a cartoon style resonates with the style of drawing found in a graphic novel or comic-book. In this print, Perry depicts one of his iconic recurring figures, Alan Measles - a fictional teddybear. Measles is rendered in red and white and appears to be driving a racing car, smiling as he sits next to a woman whose hair is being blown in the wind, indicating they are travelling at a high speed.
Commenting on this artwork, Perry elaborates: ‘Alan Measles and Claire speed down Silicon Valley in their exotic supercar. They are happy and smiling because they are so rich. They made their money in the caring sharing world of digital technology. Super rich people spend a lot of money on super cars, art and handbags. Alan and Claire describe themselves as philanthropists.’ The artwork is political and through it Perry makes a comment on greed, the accumulation of wealth and capitalist society.