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Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

Grayson Perry2012

Arts Council Collection

Arts Council Collection

Tim is at university studying computer science, and is going steady with a nice girl from Tunbridge Wells. To the left, we see Tim’s mother and stepfather, who now live on a private
development and own a luxury car. She hoovers the AstroTurf lawn, he returns from a game of golf. There has been an argument and Tim and his girlfriend are leaving. They pass through a rainbow, while Jamie Oliver, the god of social mobility, looks down. They are guilty of a sin, just like Adam and Eve in Masaccio’s The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (c. 1425). To the right, a dinner party is just starting. Tim’s girlfriend’s parents and fellow guests toast the new arrival.

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Details

  • Title: Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close
  • Creator: Grayson Perry
  • Date Created: 2012
  • Physical Dimensions: 200 x 400cm
  • Rights: The artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.
  • Medium: Wool, cotton, acrylic, polyester and silk tapestry

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