Grande Dame, aka Tiff McGinnis, is a self-taught multimedia artist: an audio/visual storyteller, who writes music, creates animations and makes an array of art in different mediums from the images in her videos. Originally from the Deep South of Columbus, Georgia; she has been based in the UK since 2001.
All of the work originates from her animations. The images were either used in full length animated videos or they end up in them, or are made into gifs. Her first ever Flash Animation done in 2002 – High Tide Hell – about an LSD Trip gone awry – was screened at Albert Hoffman’s (scientest who discovered LSD) 100th Birthday Party in Basel, Switzerland 2006. Her unique style gained attraction, and she built a career making videos for bands including Adrian Edmundson’s Bad Shepherds, viral ads for KPM Music, video game art for MTV Networks and more. Her work has been shown in festivals around the globe and she has licensed 2 videos to Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation. She is currently going through her vast library making GIFS of all her loops. And works as a freelance artist for Giphy.
Tiff’s art and design career has been fast and furious. In 2010 she printed a few image stills from her animated video The Shakes. And soon after, it quickly took off. Since then, she has moved into silk screening, embroidery, painting, portrait art, gilding, soft furnishings, comic books, fabric, wallpaper, Jukebox design, porcelain plates, fashion, blotter art and much more. She has created psychedelic fabric patterns for legendary couture shoe designer Terry de Havilland, collaborated with celebrated light designer - the late Chris Bracey of God’s Own Junkyard on a series of light boxes, and has done interior design for a mutant vehicle at Burning Man 2015. In Feb 2012 she had her first solo exhibition at PR giant Ketchum Pleon’s corporate headquarters in London’s Spitalfields, and October, 2014 Tiff had her solo exhibition – Grande Dame’s Voodoo On You (original art inspired by her music) – upstairs at ink-d gallery Brighton, which was so successful they extended it 3 weeks. Esteemed art blog People of Print said – “Everything you see is fantastically printed, illustrated and designed by Grande Dame, from the wallpaper and the curtains to the framed artwork, the candles and the vinyl on the record player.” June 2015 she participated in The Last Summer Group Show at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco.
In a relatively short span of time, Tiff has gained a strong following of music, animation, and art & design fans around the globe. She is a dedicated, creative maverick, with a keen eye for detail. Her work is thought provoking, funny, colorful and exciting; her sound is big, and her style is large – she is GRANDE DAME.