Normally, if someone asked me to create an original piece of work during a time whilst I am in the middle of preparing to move, I would politely decline, or not so politely. But when ink-d asked me to create an original piece for their closing show – yes you read that right they are closing – I gladly accepted their invitation. I actually got the news that they were shutting down less than 24 hours after I received my eviction notice. To say I was devastated, is an understatement. I was more upset by this news than my home situation. I literally sobbed in bed for a week straight. Not only has ink-d been instrumental in transforming my art career, but also turning me on to new artists that I probably would not have heard of. And most importantly, I have grown quite close to them all, so it’s been very sad, like a family breakup or a good friend who is terminally ill… But, like the Chinese proverb “from the ashes – the phoenix rises”… I am happy to report that I have some exciting art projects in the pipeline & I know that everyone at ink-d are also gearing up for their new adventures. And they will go down in UK history as one of the most important contemporary art galleries who introduced the world to new hot talent, and changed the business model from stiff & stuffy to laidback & fresh – breaking the rules and writing new ones along the way!
The piece I created for the show is called The Poppy Empress – 10″x 20″ Mixed Media – Silk Screen/Acrylic/ Airbrush/Spray Paint. I will be doing a series of these in different colours. This is a one off for The Best Ink-d Show EVER. Make sure you get down to see it! There will be loads of super amazing artists in this one, and some big names as well! Thank you ink-d for bringing me into your world, believing in me and PUSHING me to go beyond my limits. Boy did you PUSH! Ha! I will treasure these last few years for my lifetime! oxo GD
PS – Show opens April 30 and runs until May 29th!
I did an interview for international glossy “Queer Culture” Magazine – Loverboy. I wax philosophical on my early influences, vintage blacklight posters, my art processes, fave camp films, career highlights, LSD and more! Check it out! Cool! Thanx Loverboy! oxo GD 🙂
As many of you know, I feel VERY passionate about the current US political race. The age of greed is coming to an end and Bernie Sanders is our only hope for any kind of future! I have made several gifs to show my support. After the magical bird encounter in Portland, I was compelled to make a “Birds For Bernie” Gif. In the last week it has really been making the rounds and has over 1500 likes! And I am happy to say even Bernie likes it and has shared it on his Senator Sanders Facebook Page! What a reward! Congratulations Senator Sanders on yet another historic win with Wisconsin! So pleased with the way things are moving! And over the moon that you like my work! I shall make more! On wards and upwards! Yay! Revolution! Change is coming! Stay tuned! Awesome! oxo 🙂
I was so moved by the appreciation – I had to make another! Bernie inspires! Please feel free to share! oxo 🙂
March 8th I, Along with 10 others, did a slideshow presentation at The De La War Pavilion in Bexhill for PechaKutcha 20×20. The premise is a bit like Ted Talks, but with a strict time limit. Each speaker has 20 images to show, and 20 seconds for each picture – 6 min 40 seconds in total. For someone as long winded as me, it was quite a challenge! You had to choose a subject you are passionate about, so I chose Animation. Normally I would spend 6 minutes per photo! So I had to write out exactly what to say and really speed through each delivery! I’m a bit wobbly in places and my goddess I hate my voice! But all in all I think it came out pretty well & a lot of people came up to me after to say they enjoyed it, so – result! Anyhoo, here ya go! Enjoy! More soon… oxo gd
South Coast Massive! I had a really great time DJing Spring Forward last saturday at The Printworks! People went mad dancing and came up to me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed my set – so result! In fact I have been getting a lot of requests to play openings and parties around town – so I guess my dj career is finally taking off – ha! Anyhoo, gotta another Electric Crazyland coming up May 20th at The Printworks. So mark your calendar – Rare Grooves, Banging Beats & Sounds from Space plus Psychedelic Cartoons and More! Click Pic or Link above for deets – 8pm – 1am – totes free! Plus spesh guests! Enjoy the mix and visuals below – more soon! oxo GD
This is a long time overdue, BUT I finally got around to putting my art archives up online! To be honest, it’s not EVERYTHING I have done, but a good majority of my work. I joined this new site PRZM. It’s cool because unlike ETSY, you can feature work for sale, but also show previous sold works, which is great, as I have many! And unlike Flickr, where you just have images, you can also have buy options! Pretty cool! It took me ages to put it together, and I am still adding to it, but a good portion of my creations are up and viewable to the world. There is a lot to see! So make a cup of tea and have a gander! If you see anything that catches your eye, get in touch! Click pic or here! More soon! oxo GD
Sat March 26 into Sun March 27th – I will be joining my dear friends – Dan & Neil from Zeroh – on the decks at Hastings hippest venue – The Printworks – to celebrate springing forward to Spring! Yay! The clocks go forward 1 hour. From 10-12pm they will be playing classic old school dance vibes. And from 12-1am, I shall be djing the lost hour of psychedelic jams & way out beats – expect the eclectic unexpected! Then from 1-3am – dance it all out & ring in Spring! And it will be my official birthday celebrations – as I suspect I will spend my actual birthday – March 28 – in bed with a hangover! £5 entry – TIX AVAIL HERE! In the meantime – enjoy this killer track by 70’s German Wizard of Psychedelic Prog – Amon Duul! 🙂