Deborah Azzopardi Interview | BBC Radio London

Monday 25 June, Deborah Azzopardi was interviewed by Jo Good on BBC Radio London.

 

 

 

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery’s annual Summer Exhibition launches today in the heart of London’s St James’ with a special focus on British Pop Artist Deborah Azzopardi. The exhibition runs from 25 June to 7 July 2018 and is part of the Mayfair Art Weekend.

Join us at the Private View: Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 18:30 – 21:30 Royal Opera Arcade​ (ROA) Gallery 5b Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1Y 4UY

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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.

 

Londonist: Things To Do This Week In London | Deborah Azzopardi Summer Exhibition

CYNTHIA CORBETT SUMMER EXHIBITION: Pop art, photography and sculpture all feature in the Cynthia Corbett Gallery’s annual exhibition, which this year has a special focus on Deborah Azzopardi. It also brings together works by winners of the Young Master Arts Prize that pay homage to the history of art. Royal Opera Arcade Gallery (St James’s), free, just turn up,11am-7pm, 25 June-7 July

 

 

Deborah Azzopardi Featured in Harper’s Bazaar July Issue

SUMMER IN THE CITY. Delighted to see Gallery Artist Deborah Azzopardi featured in Harper’s Bazaar July issue.

Discover the most intriguing creators and curators at the Mayfair Art Weekend and join us at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition 24 June – 7 July 2018

Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery @roagallery
5b Pall Mall Street
1-2 Royal Opera Arcade
London SW1Y 4UY

 

Deborah Azzopardi’s ‘Artist Edition’ of the ‘SSHH’ Coffee Table Book is now available and suitable for everyone!

Dimensions are 307 x 307mm comprising 228 pages printed on 170gsm Ebb Chorus Silk Paper. Showcasing Azzopardi’s work and featuring more than 100 of her celebrated images. Behind-the-scenes supplement includes studio photographs by Cristina Schek.

Deborah Azzopardi’s debut book has an introduction by art critic, historian and journalist Estelle Lovatt FRSA and Angus Granlund, from Christie’s  London.

To purchase Deborah Azzopardi’s ‘SSHH’ Coffee Table Book, supplement and personalisation, contact Deborah.

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Summer Exhibition Showcase for Deborah Azzopardi | 25 June – 7 July 2018

Looking forward to The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition Showcase for Deborah Azzopardi during 25 June – 7 July 2018.

Private View: Wednesday 27 June, 6.30 – 9.30 pm 

Exhibition runs 25 June – 7 July 2018
Royal Opera Arcade Gallery 
5b Pall Mall, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 4UY

The exhibition coincides with Mayfair Art Weekend.

Nearest Tubes: Green Park & Piccadilly (St. James’s exit)
Hours: Daily 11am – 7pm or by appointment +44 (0)7939 085 076

Pleased to debut original paintings from the special edition of postcards for HABITAT – the Dating card series. Their popularity has contributed to Azzopardi’s global success and resulted in her international following. Click here to preview images.

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Deborah Azzopardi at Art New York 2018 | Booth 225

Delighted to be in New York, May 3rd-6th for the fourth edition of Art New York, Booth #ANY225, courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.

VIP HOURS
Thursday, May 3, 2018
VIP Preview: 2 pm – 5 pm

GENERAL ADMISSION HOURS
Thursday, May 3: 5 pm – 8 pm
Friday, May 4: 12 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, May 5: 12 pm – 8 pm
Sunday, May 6: 12 pm – 6 pm

 

Blow a kiss…. cure the world.

 

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