The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal
62 Buckingham Gate
Wool, cotton, acrylic, polyester and silk tapestry
200 x 400 cm, 78 3/4 x 157 1/2 in
The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal by Grayson Perry
Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing us in with beauty, wit, affecting sentiment and nostalgia as well as fear and anger. His beautifully crafted yet hard-hitting works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics to sex and religion.
Grayson Perry's monumental suite of six tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences - which were inspired by his BAFTA award winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste - with Grayson Perry - explore the artist's fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives. Perry went on safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain, to gather inspiration for the work, literally weaving the characters he met into a narrative partly inspired by Hogarth's A Rake's Progress.
In The Annunciation of The Virgin Deal the fourth tapestry in the series, the central protagonist Tim is relaxing with his family in the kitchen of his large, rural (second) home. His business partner has just told him he is now an extremely wealthy man as they have sold their software business to Richard Branson. On the table is a still life demonstrating the cultural bounty of his affluent lifestyle. His parents-in-law read and his elder child plays on the rug. Tim dangles his baby while his wife tweets. This image includes references to three different paintings of the Annunciation, by Carlo Crivelli (the vegetables), Matthias Grunewald (his colleague's expression) and Robert Campin (the jug of lilies). The convex mirror and discarded shoes are reminders of that great pictorial display of wealth and status, The Arnolfini Portrait, by Jan Van Eyck.