Famous is very happy to announce the addition of yet another great collaboration to our inventory. This time it is The Skateroom with British artist Grayson Perry, who made a beautiful skateboard deck to hang on your wall.
The edition of 999 named “Kate Board” is a tribute to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of a monumental church brass. “She is a popular figure who does good work. On a church brass might be the only context where we would get to stand on top of a member of the Royal Family”, according to the artist.
Grayson Perry is an English artist mostly known for his ceramics and colorful paintings and cross dressing. His art is influenced by his inner ambiguity and his female alter-ego “Claire”. Grayson Perry gets inspired by the world around him, humour, nature, and his will to create for posterity and common people.
The board was originally released to celebrate his summer exhibition at “Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever” at Serpentine Galleries in London. The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, tackled one of Perry’s central concerns: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society.
Perry said: “I am in the communication business and I want to communicate to as wide an audience as possible. Nothing pleases me more than meeting someone at one of my exhibitions from what museum people call ‘a non-traditional background.’ The new works I am making all have ideas about popularity hovering around them. What kind of art do people like? What subjects? Why do people like going to art galleries these days? What is the relationship of traditional art to social media?”
Grayson Perry decided to use his remuneration in addition of 20% of the sale profit to fund the “Skate & Create” program from the Skateroom’s long-term NGO partner Skateistan. This program uses creative arts to teach a variety of topics, including human rights, cultural studies, nutrition and the environment. This two-hour program consists of an hour in the skatepark and an hour in the classroom. In Grayson Perry’s words: “The Skateroom collaborates with artists on deck designs and the profits go on to help finance social projects. This combination of waning street credibility and doing ‘good works’ seemed to slip in easily amongst the themes of this exhibition.”
You can find the other Skateroom editions we have for sale online. Check out Ai Weiwei’s The White House and Shepard Fairey’s No Future, both made to mark the first 100 days of the Donald Trump administration. Nobuyoshi Araki’s Geisha decks proved to be extremely popular and are already sold out, but we do still have his Orchid. But we quick as we’re also down to our last editions there!