Grayson Perry has created a rather graphic artwork inspired by City of London bankers


Grayson Perry has been inspired by the City of London's bankers and traders to create a huge glazed ceramic penis.

The artwork, which stands 68cm tall, is embossed with images of bank notes, designer objects, and city workers.

Object in foreground, 2016

The final episode of Grayson Perry: All Man sees the artist exploring the City's finance sector as he examines contemporary masculinity.

On the artwork, titled Object in Foreground, Grayson said: "There's no disputing what it is. It's a big cock."

The object was temporarily exhibited in London skyscraper The Shard as part of filming for the Channel 4 show.

Grayson Perry in the episode, which is titled

Grayson, 56, added: "I was thinking of an object that could hold its own amongst all the marble (of the City lobbies) but drew attention to the unquestioned maleness of its world.

"Men dominate the financial centre especially at the top so I wanted to make something that said it's there all the time, it's the centre of gravity that's pulling us all in."

Grayson also created another artwork titled Animal Spirit, a large-scale print of a monstrous beast produced using the Renaissance-era woodblock technique.

Animal Spirit, 2016

The artist said: "I've been interested in animal spirits as a euphemism for emotional over-exuberance in the market.

"I started of course with the two most common animals associated with the financial markets which are the bull and the bear ... this is half bull, half bear but all male.

"The masculinity you see in the City is cloaked long ago under gentlemanliness and rationality and 'good business practice'.

"The beast still lurks but he's very well-behaved."

Grayson Perry

The beast's organs contain words including "serious", "reasonable" and "objective".

The series has seen the Turner Prize-winning artist, who is known for his ceramic vases and for his transvestism, spending time in a different ultra-male world each week.

Grayson is attempting to discover what these ultra-masculine environments tell us about the changing lives and expectations facing British men today.

In the final episode, he encounters the self-titled "warriors" of the City's financial sector, and meets one hedge fund manager who admits he enjoyed 2008´s financial crash.

Grayson Perry: All Man concludes on May 19 at 10pm on Channel 4.