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Salvador Dalí’s iconic moustache quivers with delight. “Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a moustache – it is better for the health.”

At the beginning of May we launched a competition to celebrate the 111th birthday of Salvador Dalí. Known best for his paintings and charismatic eccentricity, Dalí himself is one of the best known icons of the Surrealist movement, but he was also a writer of some distinction. Peter Owen met Dalí on several occasions and in 1973 became the publisher for Haakon Chevalier’s English translation of Dalí’s only novel, the extraordinarily extravagant and Baroque work Hidden Faces.

We asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter to come up with Dalí-inspired #DalíSelfies. In accordance with the anarchic spirit of surrealism, there were no rules other than that moustaches were deemed a compulsory element.

Winner: Gail Josephsen-Gout

Winner: Gail Josephsen-Gout

The winners are: Gail Josephsen-Gout, Roscoe and Cleo Cattle, Kate Genevieve and her three daughters Ariadne, Autumn and Talulah. Kate produced a highly polished monochrome image of herself and her girls and two of their paintings of Dalí, turning the whole competition into an amazing family creative experience.

Winners: Kate Genevieve (bottom row, centre) and her daughters Autumn, Ariadne and Talulah (top row, left to right)

Winners: Kate Genevieve (bottom row, centre) and her daughters Autumn, Ariadne and Talulah (top row, left to right)

We loved Roscoe and Cleo’s expressions and their moustaches, cannily improvised from some bits of plastic, a shoelace and some Sellotape. For her entry, Gail Josephsen-Gout took inspiration from one of Dalí’s paintings to produce a highly alluring image. We thought the moustache on the hand mirror was a lovely touch. Prizes will be winging their way to the winners shortly.

Winners: Roscoe and Cleo Cattle with improvised moustaches

Winners: Roscoe and Cleo Cattle with improvised moustaches

Congratulations to our winners, and an enormous, flaming-giraffe-and-melting-watch of a thank you to all the participants. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for news of new books, more competitions and book-related news and amusements. James Nye on behalf of Peter Owen, OBE.

 

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