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Toodles 2017!

Thought I would do a little year end round up on here, since I barely post anymore. I think I have mentioned this before, but the more technology moves in an intrusive manner – tracking us, recording our convos and spamming us with ads etc… – the less I want to share my life online. Hence – sporadic posting. That being said – what a horrid fucking year it’s been! I do believe Elon Musk is right and we are in a simulated matrix! It’s the only thing that makes sense! Everyone’s mind is poisoned with – I cant even say his fucking name! – twitler. It is a disease. The GOP are as Noam Chomsky says “the most dangerous organization/ terrorist groups on the planet!” I can never forgive my old friends and family that voted for this garbage. Praying for a flip in 18. Political rants aside – it was an amazing year for me personally!
The Apple thing was mental. Did not see it coming, and BOOM my animations were all over the world constantly for months in every country on the PLANET! Made a few coins too, so that was cool – app is still avail ere for iphone users! GET IT!
Then Facebook came calling at the exact same time! It was crazy! All of the sudden I was in demand to the biggest most powerful companies on Planet Earth! WTF? Literally fell into that whole sticker thing by accident, but what a good accident to fall into! I even got sticker fans from it – yes it’s true – I have sticker fans! There is such a thing – it is real!

My gifs became world famous – I’ve now passed 72 million views – and growing! More people than all of the UK have seen my GIFS!! That is INCREDIBLE! If there is one area I have achieved world domination, it’s me gifs!

I got to meet George Clinton & we swapped Cazals! The KING OF FUNK! WOWWWWWW! I’m not worthy Garth! Was like meeting God.
My Carson McCullers short I presented at the acedemic conference at John Cabot University in Rome was a HUGE HIT! And I have more exciting news about this project coming soon – yippie!
And travelling around Rome & Barcelona with Mamma was the best trip of my life! We had so much fun!
But my highlight of the year most definitely has been my show at The St Leonard Pub. When the idea came about, I thought “it’s just a local pub show, no big deal, I’m not going to put a whole lot into it, as no one will buy anything.” My goddess – how wrong was I! To be fair, I did make a bunch of new work right before the opening. So I did put alot into it. Funny, when I first hung it up in the day time, I thought “ugh, I hate it! Looks just like I moved my flat in here.” But when I came back at night, it was a totally different place! The work really popped! And wow! Did I do sales! I’m pretty much out of everything but giclees at the mo! In fact it’s still up – comes down Jan 10th. Nearly a 5 month run! Incredible!

And the pub have made my video installation and a lightbox permanent!!! And have invited me back again for next year! But more than the sales, which really have been off the charts, getting to know the owners Phil and Chris, and all the regulars and locals who come in, and who bought my work – that has been brilliant! Sometimes it can be hard when you are on your own, walking into a full pub where you don’t know anyone – it can be quite intimidating. There were a few times before were I walked in and walked out, just cos I was by myself and felt awkward and alone. But now – I know everyone! I’m even on a pub quiz team! Ha! So it’s really been life changing. This has made me really feel part of the community. And as I said at the beginning – with technology destroying us, invading us, and tearing us apart – now is the time to go into our communities and really connect, because the social network experiment is a disaster!

So all in all I was sittin pretty in 2017, a much needed improvement from the previous year!!! But I had to work my ass off and fight to get many of my rewards, nothing was handed to me & I’m still fighting. And, if I can be honest, it was hard to enjoy my small success’ when I have seen so much suffering, and I know so many people are suffering at the hands of the worlds political powers. All I can do is continue to work hard, bring as much colour and joy to people, and hopefully make a living in the process. Maybe one day I can do something to help those who so desperately need it. So, that is my yearly rant! If you reached this point – much appreciated. Now get off the computer and go hug a person or animal now! Lots of Love & all the best in 2018! oxo GD

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GRANDE DAME LIVE NEXT THURS!


Ladies & Gentlemen! The date is fast approaching – next Thursday Dec 7th at the fabulous St Leonard Pub – I will be making my first stage debut in 6 whole years!!! EEK! I won’t lie – I’ve was terrified at the prospect, and thought to myself “Have you lost your mind? What are you doing?” Mainly because I’ve been a bit under the weather and it has been 6 long years since I’ve graced a stage, except karaoke – and karaoke counts goddamnit! But I had an amazing rehearsal with my writing partner – keyboard virtuoso – Pete Z “King of Shag!” And after I listened back to our set I thought “Yeah! this sounds awesome! I can do this! This is fun!” I’m happy to say I’m feeling a lot better and excited to be working again in the powerful medium that is SOUND, so – it’s on!

I made a new lightbox too! Hoping to have that up and radiating Grande Illuminations. Myself, Pete & the wonderful Jo Perfect will be dropping killer tunes for you, and I am having another raffle on the night! This time I’m giving away Grande Dame Originals – but you have to be there to win. So come on down people and PARTY! Live show commences at 9pm – raffle at 9:45. So mark your date and be there to witness this rare spectacle that is Grande Dame LIVE and lets ring in the holiday season together and have some big fun! Click the pix or here for deets! Woo! oxo GD

Top pic by Nathan Thomas Jones

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Electric Crazyland Xmas!!!

Dear Friends! I have had a truly incredible show at the lovely St Leonard Pub! It’s been an amazing run, with so many sales – I have nearly run out of stock! Seriously! I sold 3 light boxes – including the very first one I did with God’s Own Junkyard – the Electric Crazyland Lady Light! And I am down to a handful of my silk screen editions! It’s been a huge success! But even more than the financial rewards, getting to know the owners – Phil & Chris – and all the friendly locals, has been so wonderful! So I decided to have another soiree to celebrate the holidays! I’m going to have a few new pieces up, plus myself and the ultra-cool Jo Perfect will be playing sonic sounds for your listening pleasure, there will be a raffle with a chance to win a Grande Dame original, and – OMG – I am going to do something I have not done in 6 years – Brace yourselves — I am going to perform live! WHAAT??? That’s right! Myself and my writing partner & keyboard virtuoso – Petar Zivkovic (King of Shag) – will be doing a little lounge act. So, mark your dates for this rare and special occasion! Thurs Dec 7th at The St Leonard Pub, 16-18 London Road, 7-11! Click here or pic for more info. Woo! More Soon! oxo GD

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LEMMY IS GOD Print Available Now!

Dear Friends! I have a new print available for purchase – Lemmy is God. The Lord of Rock and Roll immortalised in a psychedelic, pop art, holy shrine. His body may have left us, but his power lives on! All hail The Kilmister!
I made this print an open edition, as I wanted to make something more affordable to fans of my work. There are 3 sizes on offer – A5 for £10, A4 for £20, & A3 for £45. All Printed on Somerset Velvet Enhanced 255GSM Paper. As per usual the colors are bright and vibrant and is printed on archival paper and will never fade! So click the pics or here and get yours today! More soon. oxo GD

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Tonight’s Soiree!!!


Well I am happy to report that after 4 hours of hard manual labour yesterday, the new work has been put in it’s places and is ready for the world to see! Yay! Unfortch I left my phone at home all day yest and was not able to take a snap, but will take loads tonight! Of course as I mentioned before myself and Jo Perfect will be playin some choice tunes and there will even be a raffle or 2 to win a signed Grande Dame Print! So please come say high! Be nice to see some faces! It’s at the St leonard Pub London Road from 7- 11PM FREE! Click pic or here for Deets! More soon! oxo GD

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Grande Dame Presents Electric Crazyland 2!

Friends & Comrades! The show at The St Leonard Pub is going so swimmingly, I decided to go ahead and let the buyers collect their pieces. And beginning of Oct I will do a lil switch around and replace the ones that sold with some other works!

Including my very first light – the piece were it all began – THE ELECTRIC CRAZYLAND LIGHT! Designed by myself and made by legendary lords of light, the world famous – GOD’s OWN JUNKYARD!!! WOW!!! Only 3 of these babies were ever made. And only 1 available! Come & bask in her magical glowy illuminations!
Seeing that there will be a rearrange with new pieces, it’s a perfect excuse for a party! Myself and Jo Perfect will be playing groovy sounds from way out! And there will also be a draw with a chance to win a signed print! Woo! So if you are in the area Thurs Oct 5th – COME DOWN AND PARTY! oxo gd

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Electric Crazyland is a Success!!!

Not to brag but… My show is going very VERY well! In fact many classic GD pieces have been sold and will soon be leaving for their new homes; including – Shady Ladies, Big Top Light Box, Kal-Eye-De-Skull No 1, & many others! No more Hire Car Pink! Only one more Queen Bee, and 2 more Skull No 1’s! Going to have to do another big themed show just so I have some bigger pieces! WOWOWOW!!! And it’s only been 2 weeks! Thank you so much to The St Leonard for inviting me to exhibit! Ok Back to work! Woo! oxo GD

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