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“Sshh has sold millions of copies and is an Ikea Classic, that overwhelms its creator. The pop art image shows a woman with a red lacquered finger nail suggesting silence…
“It’s about fun, the same as all my work. It should make you smile”, says the British contemporary pop artist Deborah Azzopardi.
“SShh is now seen everywhere, from bathrooms to libraries, from homes to offices. I’ve seen six pieces hung side by side in an elevator, as ‘subtle’ hint for users to be quiet. I thought that was fun.”
The original Sshh is valued for £500.000 and is in a vault. By contrast, at IKEA, you can have an Azzopardi for 9.99 euros.”
Art Southampton Pavilion | Nova’s Ark Project | The Cynthia Corbett Gallery | Booth AS61
60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11976
Within the town of Southampton
Thursday, July 9, 2015 | 6PM – 7:30PM
Thursday, July 9, 2015 | 7:30PM – 10PM
Access for Art Southampton VIP Cardholders
VIP Preview benefiting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital
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PAINT, EAT, PARTY… REPEAT!
Find your Azzopardi Art at the Art Hamptons, July 2-5, 2015, courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Booth 202.
First Look | Thursday, July 2 | 5-7pm | 2015
Opening Night Preview | Thursday, July 2 | 7-9pm
Benefits Guild Hall + the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
Friday, July 3 | 11am – 8pm
Saturday, July 4 | 11am – 8pm
Sunday, July 5 | 11am – 6pm
Private Estate Grounds Lumber Lane Reserve
(at Scuttle Hole Rd. & Lumber Ln.) Bridgehampton, NY
(expect tight security at entrance & exit)
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
11 – 14 June, 2015
Lower Fairground Site
East Heath Road
Wednesday 10 June, 2015
Charity Private View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 11 June, 201511.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday Late View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday 12 June, 2015: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 13 June, 2015: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 14 June, 2015
Photography by: Cristina Schek
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery and the Young Masters Art Prize – founded by the Gallery’s eponymous director – have dressed The Coningsby Gallery in perennial eye pleasers, watch-worthy newcomers and mod miniatures by last year’s much-deserved winner Juergen Wolf.
Tapping a rich vein of talent in all mediums, this year the gallery’s walls are slick with oils as painting takes centre stage (accentuated by a Versailles mantlepiece’s worth of cutting-edge china from the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize). Andy Burgess‘ geometric, David Hockney-homaging works; photorealist figures steeped in von Honthorst light by Charles Moxon; and slap-dash delicacy in Cecile Chong‘s wax-splattered and embroidered, Xieyi-style canvases, head up a colourful crop of works that doff hats to the old guard while chattering in a patter that’s decidedly now.
Deborah Azzopardi‘s is one of the louder voices – and palettes – on show. Her heroines recall Lichtenstein’s primary-hued damsels in distress, but more strident in their sexuality; they revel in erotically charged moments, and their obscured faces allow viewers to project their own desires onto them (I liked the impressive painted rack on Azzopardi’s business card). There’s an inverse nod to nostalgia too; Tom Farthing‘s paintings of fleeting summer moments recall Seurat and Renoir, but capture the unpracticed immediacy of a hurried snap from a 1970s family photo album too.
Ceramicists have subverted porcelain’s norms, wrangling the most genteel of 18th-century crafts into twisted and comedic forms. Winner of the ceramics prize, Matt Smith, creates figurines ripped from the nightmares of Royal Doulton whimsies; his Feast Part I seems to recast Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head as Mr Darcy in a disarming culture clash. Chris Antemann‘s orgiastic tableaux vivants were created in collaboration with 300-year-old, German porcelain masters Meissen, bestowing an air of authenticity and refinement to the lascivious figurines. In more abstract fashion, Korean artist Jongjin Park creates vases from thousands of porcelain-coated sheets of tissue paper – a nod to painstaking artisanal practices of the past.
History’s dredged up here, but there’s little hand-wringing over past wrongs; grandstanding is largely eschewed for respectful tributes and dedicated craftsmanship instead, such as Burgess’ lovingly rendered miniature of Lois Welzenbacher’s Heyrovsky House or Eleanor Watson‘s Vermeer-inspired domestic scenes. However, a quieter message does little to dull the medium; razor-sharp precision, astute broad strokes and covetable colour schemes have us eager for the finishing touches on next year’s expectant canvases.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery’s Summer Exhibition 2015: Focus on Painting is on at the Coningsby Gallery until 13 June 2015.
Thank you, Kate!
New Work on Show at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition | Focus on Painting.
Hosted at Coningsby Gallery
30 Tottenham Street
London | W1T 4RJ
1 – 13 June 2015
Private View: 2 June 2015, 6 – 9pm
Jazz Brunch: 7 June 2015, 12 – 4pm
Come along and meet Deborah at the Private View on the 2nd of June, 6-9pm.