Artist in Focus – Deborah Azzopardi

 

Has your art matured with you?

Experience is the best teacher of all. It  has taught me that my whole self, emotions and thoughts, are ‘in’ my work.   I think that’s what makes art powerful and reaches out to others. I wouldn’t like to be judged on any particular painting as it has taken me a lifetime of work.

Do you have a favourite piece of yours?

All of my art is my favourite!  The next painting is always the best and very exciting. It’s a constant feeling of loving the piece I just  finished and really loving the painting I haven’t yet started or maybe that I’m working on.

How quickly do you work?

I work slowly although I think  at top speed, I  can’t paint fast. Each painting can take 3 to 4 months to complete and that doesn’t include the preparation.

How do you feel when you work?

I am totally relaxed when working. Radio and audio books are wonderful company. There are many phone disruptions but my  biggest distraction is  the fridge.

Published by Rosenstiel’s. Be Inspired: https://www.rosenstiels.com/be-inspired/deborah-azzopardi/

 

Original works available from The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. View ’35 YEARS OF AZZOPARDI’ exhibition.

Flip through the exhibition catalogue:

https://bit.ly/35YearsOfAzzopardiCatalogue

Read the Press Release:

https://bit.ly/35YearsOfAzzopardiPressRelease

 

Essay by art critic Estelle Lovatt

Voiceover artist Faye Maughan

Video by Cristina Schek

Deborah Azzopardi BBC Radio

BBC Radio Leicester Breakfast Show with J Carpenter.
 
In 1988, I painted the characters from the Walt Disney film, Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
 
Leicester Town Hall Square was transformed into a magical Walt Disney Christmas wonderland. The Disney Characters were life size. Sadly, the tape of the Christmas display is lost. I would so appreciate seeing any video recording that you may have taken at the time. I know it’s a long shot, but just thought I’d ask!
 
Please share to anyone you think could help and if you find the video, please send it to deborah@popartcollection.co.uk
 
Thank you.

Cynthia Corbett In Conversation with Jean Wainwright

Gallerist Cynthia Corbett in conversation with art historian and Warhol expert Jean Wainwright. Thank you for this inspiring discussion. 🙏

Jean Wainwright is an art historian, critic and curator living in London. Her areas of expertise are in contemporary art and photography, with particular reference to Andy Warhol, on whose life and works she is an internationally recognised expert. As a writer and academic she has published extensively in the contemporary arts field, contributing to numerous  catalogues and books as well as appearing on television and radio programmes (including Woman’s Hour, Today Programme, Channel Four and the BBC). Her Audio Arts Archive (begun in 1996) is still continuing and to date she has interviewed over a 1,800 international artists, makers, photographers, filmmakers and curators, 177 of her published interviews conducted for Audio Arts went online at the Tate in 2014.

 

Her international exhibitions include My Search for Andy Warhol’s Voice 2011 & 2012, Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea, 2014, Gestures of Resistance, 2017, The Data Battlefield, 2017, Powerful Tides, 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea 2018, and Another Spring 2018.

 

Wainwright’s practice as an art critic most prominently features interviews with international artists, photographers, filmmakers and curators. Her interviews can be found in the numerous books and catalogues she has contributed to, and her work has been published extensively in the media, including Audio ArtsThe Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper TV (for which she won an IVCA award), Art WorldThe GuardianArt Review and Hotshoe.

 

As a presenter and interviewer, Wainwright has covered all the major art fairs and events over the past 15 years, including Frieze (London), Art Basel in Miami and Basel, the Venice Biennale and The Armory (New York).

 

Wainwright has also collaborated on a number of corporate arts projects for Futurecity, including Heathrow Terminal 2 (Slipstream), Grosvenor Waterside, Gilt of Cain, Ebbsfleet Valley and BT Connected World. She is also a consultant for Quintessentially Art. She is also a committee member of Fast Forward Women in Photography.

35 YEARS OF AZZOPARDI | The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Online Exclusive Exhibition

Delighted to announce this major retrospective ’35 YEARS OF AZZOPARDI’

in an online exclusive exhibition organised by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Online exhibition 

 

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The exhibition features original paintings that are offered for sale for the first time in Azzopardi’s career. Azzopardi acquired her worldwide fame for the joyous Pop Art images she has created over the past 35 years. Deborah’s unique and feminine take on contemporary art is best described by the esteemed art critic Estelle Lovatt FRSA: “America has Lichtenstein, we have Azzopardi!”

London-based Deborah Azzopardi (born in Golders Green) is a long-standing supporter of British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI)For this exclusive exhibition we are pleased to once again partner with BFAMI and pledge a donation of 20% from the sales of these wonderful Azzopardi originals as well as limited editions to include Femme Fatale (2016), Guilty Pleasure (2016), Girl With The Diamond Earring (Ed. 2/15,2013), Gossip (Ed. 6/10, 2016) and The Great Escape (Ed. 14/15, 2015).

Online exhibition runs from 11th June until 31st July 2020
Private timed appointments at Wimbledon HQ may be arranged

For further information please contact Anastasia Lander at anastasia@young-masters.co.uk | +44 (0) 7957 114 873
info@thecynthiacorbettgallery.com
http://www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com
Instagram.com/cynthiacorbettgallery
Tel. +44 (0)20 8947 6782
Mob. +44 (0)7939 085 076

 

You are invited to be among the first ones to see the full curation of 35 Years Of Azzopardi:

https://bit.ly/35YearsOfAzzopardiOnlineExhibition

Flip through the exhibition catalogue:

https://bit.ly/35YearsOfAzzopardiCatalogue

Read the Press Release:

https://bit.ly/35YearsOfAzzopardiPressRelease

BFAMI Co-Chairman Pamela Crystal in conversation with Deborah Azzopardi and Gallerist Cynthia Corbett

Watch BFAMI Co-Chairman Pamela Crystal in conversation with Deborah Azzopardi and Gallerist Cynthia Corbett for an Instagram Live tour of ’35 YEARS OF AZZOPARDI’ showcasing a selection of original and limited-edition artworks to be featured in a major Retrospective celebrating my 35th Anniversary as a painter.  20% of sales proceeds on selected artworks will be donated to The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI).

 

 

Online exhibition runs from 11th June until 3rd July 2020
Private timed appointments at Wimbledon HQ may be arranged

For further information please contact Anastasia Lander at anastasia@young-masters.co.uk | +44 (0) 7957 114 873
info@thecynthiacorbettgallery.com
http://www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com
Instagram.com/cynthiacorbettgallery
Tel. +44 (0)20 8947 6782
Mob. +44 (0)7939 085 076

 

London Live Interview with Deborah Azzopardi

Thank you, Luke Blackall from  London Live for a great interview! Cynthia Corbett and me had the great privilege of being invited for the final London Go on London Live. Thank you all who made this possible!

The exhibition at Catto Gallery is open to the public till 29th April 2019.

 

 

 

Love is the Answer: After Nyne Meets Deborah Azzopardi

“The Cynthia Corbett Gallery’s annual Summer Exhibition will launch on 25 June in the heart of London’s St James’ with a special focus on British Pop Artist Deborah Azzopardi. Vintage and new works by Azzopardi will be shown alongside pieces by Gallery artists including painter Andy Burgess, photographer Tom Leighton and sculptor Nicolas Saint Grégoire.

Deborah Azzopardi is known internationally for her distinctive, playful and colourful pop art images that celebrate the drama and joy of everyday situations. She will launch a series of new works at the exhibition and will show, for the first time, the original paintings selected for a special edition of postcards for HABITAT – the Dating card series. It is the popularity of such published images that has contributed to Azzopardi’s global success and resulted in her originals being sought-after by serious international collectors.

Take us back in time – when did you discover your passion for art?

It’s always been there. I think all artists know, it’s just a case of whether they can or have the courage to follow their dream.

Why did you choose to work in the ‘pop-art’ style?

It wasn’t a conscious decision, it chose me. I don’t really think about it, it’s a style that feels natural to me and it’s what comes out when I express myself artistically. It’s fun, lively, bright and interesting. It’s direct and there’s no messing about.

We know that pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art wh­­­en it firstly emerged during the mid-to late 1950’s. Do you think this is still what it represents now or has it become more of an ordinary, mainstream form of art? What did you think was the tipping point?

The world has changed so much since then and we know so much more. As a result, we’re more awake and more able to enjoy art and the diversity of what’s out there. Collectors are buying art that they want to buy, not art that they feel they should buy. I think that people are more able to simply enjoy art and it’s much more available than it was in the mid to late 50s.

Where do you usually find inspiration?

In everything. I am inspired every single second of every single day. I keep my eyes and ears wide open and don’t miss a thing.

Tell us a little about your work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

I was approached by Mitch and Janis Winehouse three years ago to create a portrait of Amy, with a view to a portion of the proceeds going to The Amy Winehouse Foundation. I completed the portrait, ‘Love is the Answer’ in 2016.

I really believe that love is the answer to everything. It’s important to share the love. If you can truly love and be compassionate, it’s the answer to so much. Genuine support, kindness and empathy make a difference.

This title and text went with the image because it seemed suitable for Amy and for her family and fans. It felt respectful.

And with Disney…you have such an amazingly diverse portfolio of partners! Tell us about the role of Disney in your career?

I was a Disney licensee holder very early on in my career. It was a huge amount of fun and the experience gave me great confidence from a business perspective.

Tell us about your upcoming exhibition with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.

There will be a focus on my work in the gallery’s forthcoming Summer Exhibition. I will be showing new works alongside vintage pieces.

There will be a focus on my work in the gallery’s forthcoming Summer Exhibition. I will be showing new works alongside vintage pieces.

These vintage pieces are from my personal collection and have never been shown in public or made available for sale. They include a series of paintings reproduced by Habitat as a set of five postcards called the Dating pack.

Which artists are currently exciting you?

Klari Reis’s work always excites me – she’s one of Cynthia Corbett’s other gallery artists. I’m also very excited about the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Carry on, carry on, carry on. Keep going and don’t stop! Sleep a bit more while you can. Otherwise, I would do everything the same.

Finally, why should people come and see your latest  exhibition?

Why not? It’s a chance to see and buy some of my original vintage paintings – works that have never been shown before – and of course see some of my latest works for the first time.

Deborah Azzopardi’s work will be part of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition, which runs from 25 June to 7 July at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in St James’s, London. The exhibition is part of Mayfair Art Weekend www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com

Read the interview in the After Nyne Magazine.

 

AZZOPARDI is a centrefold!

Pop goes the easel!

Francine Wolfisz chats to north London-based artist Deborah Azzopardi, who shot to fame with her pop art prints for Ikea, about her new series focusing on men

Deborah Azzopardi 2016

“Not all guys can shower and come out looking beautiful in their Levis. Those are the men I wanted to capture – the real men,” giggles artist Deborah Azzopardi.

Her distinctive images – large-scale, vibrant, voyeuristic and, above all, humorous – celebrate the drama of everyday life. But, for the first time in her 30-year career, Azzopardi has moved her focus onto men.

A series of new acrylic paintings, which have just gone on display at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in Cork Street, London, attempt to uncover all the foibles of the male sex, from changing clothes to tying up their shoelaces and practising golf in the bedroom.

The north London-based artist, whose painting Sssshhh was reproduced by IKEA and became a global success, tells me she wanted to depict “all the funny things that men do” in her new artworks.

“Normally I just have a giggle at myself,” explains Azzopardi, who grew up in Golders Green. “I have done men before, but in different ways. This is a little deeper, although it doesn’t seem deep because it’s also playful.”

Speaking about her work, Late Again, which depicts a man struggling to get into his jeans, the 58-year-old says it takes a wry look at the differences between men and women.

“You look and you see the jeans and a shirt and a tie – and the shirt matches the socks. Is it planned or unplanned? Is he late and what is he getting dressed for? Guys are like that though. They seem very organised.

“I always say, ‘where’s my lipstick, where’s my hairbrush, where’s this or that?’ Men just tap their pockets – ‘there’s my wallet and there are my keys’.”

Azzopardi’s journey as an artist began in her 20s, when she became desperately ill with meningitis. Following her recovery, she decided to quit her job in retail and put her energies into her two passions – her family and her painting, despite not having formal training.

With their bright colours and cartoon-like imagery, many have compared her works to pioneering pop artists of the 1960s. Two years ago, when The Cynthia Corbett Gallery hosted her first solo show, art critic Estelle Lovatt proclaimed that “America has Lichtenstein, we have Azzopardi”, a statement that Azzopardi regards as “a wonderful compliment”. But she remains a little uneasy over categorising her work as pop art.

“I called my style pop art only because I needed a term that was easy for people to understand,” says the dedicated mother-of-three. “Now I’ve been painting for so long, I just think it’s my own style. I’m not sure it’s truly pop art as it used to be.”

At their largest, her works measure around 5ft by 3ft and can take around three months to complete on an easel that cleverly tilts in different directions. “I like the impact when they are large. I don’t like little things,” she reveals.

Deborah Azzopardi outside her studio. Photo by Cristina Schek

Deborah Azzopardi outside her studio. Photo by Cristina Schek

As for the inspirations behind her ideas, the talented 58-year-old tells me: “I have a lot of muses; they are just people that I know, friends and family.

“Everybody has something that’s lovely about them. All my muses are normal, everyday people. Models don’t interest me, because they are slim and I think all the bumps and curves make real people.”

She confesses to “painting all day, every day, in between phone calls and running about”, and works from one of the two studios at home.

“I’m very neat, very tidy and very organised. When people come in, they don’t believe I’m an artist, because the only mess is on me – my clothes, my hair, my skin. Every artist will say that they don’t have one item of clothing that doesn’t have paint on,” laughs Azzopardi.

Alongside her new paintings, the exhibition will also feature the original paintings she created for IKEA in 2005, which have never before been shown in public.

While the prints have sold in more than 50 countries, the originals are much sought-after by collectors and have commanded prices well into the tens of thousands of pounds. Their success is still something that takes the artist by surprise.

“Did I think they would be this popular? Not at all. I thought it was fun, just a fun thing to do,” reveals Azzopardi. “To think that the prints were selling for £9.99 and now someone can own the original is quite something. To have an original piece of art is wonderful; there’s nothing quite like it.”

Deborah Azzopardi’s works are on display until 9 July at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, St James’s, London. Details: 020 8947 6782 or www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com

Source: Jewish News