Deborah Azzopardi | Affordable Art Fair, Battersea | 9 – 13 March 2016 | Stand C8

Delighted to be exhibition new work at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea during 9 – 13 March 2016 courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Stand C8.

Opening times:
Thursday 10 March 11.00am – 5.30pm Thursday Late View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday 11 March 11.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 12 March 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 13 March 10.00am – 6.00pm

Photography by: Cristina Schek

Deborah Azzopardi | London Art Fair 19 – 24 January 2016 | Stand G1

Visit The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in Stand G1 at the London Art Fair (19-24 January 2016) to see the latest Deborah Azzopardi work.

Wed 20 January – Photography Focus Day 11am – 9pm
Thurs 21 January – Thursday Late 11am – 9pm
Fri 22 January 11am – 7pm
Sat 23 January 10am – 7pm
Sun 24 January 10am – 5pm

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

Photography by Cristina Schek

Deborah Azzopardi Interview | De Standaard, Belgium


“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.”

De Standaard



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Art Southampton, New York | July 9 – 13, 2015 | The Cynthia Corbett Galley | Booth AS61

Deborah Azzopardi - Beauty is Truth


Art Southampton Pavilion | Nova’s Ark Project  | The Cynthia Corbett Gallery | Booth AS61
60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11976
Within the town of Southampton

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Thursday, July 9, 2015  |  6PM – 7:30PM
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Thursday, July 9, 2015  |  7:30PM – 10PM
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VIP Preview benefiting the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital

General Admission

Friday July 10
Noon – 7PM
Saturday July 11
Noon – 7PM
Sunday July 12
Noon – 6PM
Monday July 13
Noon – 6PM

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Art Hamptons, New York | The Cynthia Corbett Galley, Booth 202



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)


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Deborah Azzopardi | AAF Hampstead 2015| The Cynthia Corbett Gallery | Stand G 7

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
11 – 14 June, 2015

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery will once again be exhibiting originals and limited editions of Deborah Azzopardi at The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, Stand G7.

Lower Fairground Site
East Heath Road

Opening times:

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


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The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition

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.

Young Masters art prize 2015: Cynthia Corbett Gallery summer show

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.

Young Masters art prize 2015, Cynthia Corbett Gallery summer show

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.

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New Work on Show | The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition | Focus on Painting | 1 – 13 June 2015

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

‘Does my bum look big in this?’/ ‘Late for work’ by Deborah Azzopardi















Come along and meet Deborah at the Private View on the 2nd of June, 6-9pm.



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TRUE STORY: Life is A Miracle…. Sometimes Unpredictable

Deborah Azzopardi in front of 'Sometimes Unpredictable'

Deborah Azzopardi. Photo by Cristina Schek

Life is a Miracle – Sometimes Unpredictable: new work from London artist Deborah Azzopardi in collaboration with musician Noris Schek

By James Brewer

It is remarkable that just one painting can show how small the world has become, says London artist Deborah Azzopardi.

Deborah has long enjoyed global renown for her piquant and playful Pop Art portraits of faux romantic episodes involving smart young people. One of her best loved pieces is called Sshh… It shows a glamorous female with her well manicured, red-nailed finger seductively pressed against her lips. Prints of the illustration hang on living room walls world-wide and those who possess it proudly consider it part of the furniture.

Deborah Azzopardi - Life Is A Miracle... Sometimes Unpredictable

Life Is A Miracle… Sometimes Unpredictable. By Deborah Azzopardi

By chance, Deborah found out not long ago that one such collector – a young Hungarian folk/blues musician living in Transylvania 1,800 km from her London studio – had been inspired to compose a vibrant and moving melody in honour of the print.

Deborah says of the tribute: “How wonderful that was – millions of editions of the image have been sold, and one man with his guitar comes along and dedicates a song to it.”

It was the first time that anyone had applied a musical  interpretation to one of her canvases – and there are few contemporary parallels, the best known being the Don McLean 1972 hit song Vincent written as a tribute to Van Gogh and his painting The Starry Night after the American singer read a biography of the Dutch artist.

Deborah happened to find the song celebrating her work on the internet, and the upshot was that she met the singer/songwriter from afar, Noris Schek, in London, which led to the two collaborating on a unique new combined music and visual art project.

Deborah Azzopardi - Life Is A Miracle... Sometimes Unpredictable

Deborah Azzopardi’s work at London Art Fair.

Noris said: “Deborah Azzopardi’s art is global – I had the Sshh… on my wall, back in Transylvania. In 2011 I had written The Quiet Song inspired by the painting. I didn’t plan to write the song, it just came to me. It just happened: it was meant to happen!

“A couple of months before my wife Cristina and I came to live in London to find a wider audience for my music, the song was recorded and shared with the world on the internet, along with a short explanation telling people where my inspiration came from.  A year passed and, in July 2013, I got an email.  Deborah Azzopardi, the artist of ‘our’ beautiful Pop Art painting was writing to me, saying she had come across my song.

“How often do such things happen?  Was it the accident of finding something extraordinary, or just one of life’s miracles? Take your pick, I go for the miracle,” said Noris.

Noris Scheck.

Noris Schek

“Deborah said she very much enjoyed listening to the song, and that she wanted to meet me. I had a concert in Kew Gardens, asked her if she would like to come, and that’s how we met. After that we became good friends.

“My newest composition is called Life Is a Miracle. I recently recorded it, Deborah heard it, and the next thing I knew she was showing me her beautiful, new, larger-than-life painting, inspired by my composition. And she has named it Sometimes Unpredictable, a line found in the lyrics.”

He described as magic “a story that started with an artist creating a painting that inspired a musician, who wrote a song and got to meet the artist who created the painting that inspired the musician to write a song…”

Incidentally, both were already fond of the Don McLean song, having come to it from their respective angles – visual art, and music.

Deborah Azzopardi Art at London Art Fair

I ‘m going to be late again. By Deborah Azzopardi. Photo taken at London Art Fair by Cristina Schek

Deborah Azzopardi has for 30 years been teasing her clientele with her bright and witty images in primary colours in a style which some liken to that of Roy Lichtenstein, the poster boy of Pop Art (he lived from 1923-97). Compared with the American, Deborah paints with a fuller line that glows with the brilliance of fresh creation.

Describing the tone of her clever cameos in words is perhaps best done by recalling the seduction scene in the film The Graduate in which Mrs Robinson slips out of her stockings; it is naughty and raunchy, but never vulgar.

She (Ms Azzopardi, not Mrs Robinson) has done it again with Life is a Miracle…Sometimes Unpredictable. High-heeled legs protrude nonchalantly over the body of a red sports car, with the owner of the legs toasting the high life with a glass of champers. In the print, the lyrics of the song are inscribed on the chassis (of the car, not the lady).

It just had to be a red Ferrari to make the scene work, said Deborah. She likes depicting older cars which have more character and distinctive design than newer vehicles.

She asks close friends and family to model for her, and in this instance there had to be a lady who was petite and who would, unlike an average sized person, fit into the car without looking ungainly – “when you think about it, you have to be of a certain build to get in and out of cars without appearing to be clumsy.”

Although Deborah starts with clear in her mind a scene she wants to portray – the thought comes before the deed – she conducts considerable research “to get what I want.” She sets up the model, insists on her (the majority of her subjects are women) wearing the right shoes and accessories, and looks for a bright day. “It is only when I see the reality, that I decide what to keep in and what to keep out, but my real fun is in the painting, although putting it all together is a huge task.”

Sax Practice. By Deborah Azzopardi. Photo by Cristina Schek.

Sax Practice. By Deborah Azzopardi.

She “borrows” ankles, legs and arms from acquaintances but never puts a model’s full face into the picture. “Beautiful people are very worrying,” she says, and perhaps it is a sub-conscious decision not to make attractive visages the focus of the works. “We all have the same sorts of body parts, but we all have different personalities.”

The art critic Estelle Lovatt, who praises Deborah’s composition and talent with line as superb, wrote in a forward to a coffee-table book celebrating the artist’s first solo retrospective in March 2014 that she was doing what she did “for women,” and said when interviewing Deborah for a video: “She inspires everybody, not just women. I am sure that she paints not with a paintbrush, but with a feather. She makes us laugh, and has as big a personality as any of her paintings.”

Deborah has a more down-to-earth view of herself. “What I am is an artist painting things that make me giggle. There is no deep meaning. I have done it all my way, so I do not have the influence of anybody else.” As with her philosophy, “it is about being free, carefree and going with the wind, about living life.” One might add that it is about acute observation in regard to the balance of power in human relationships, while seeking no solution to the problems.

It is the sense of pure delight that results in her tautly-constructed images reflecting vividly her exhilarating sense of fun, and although she does not play to the commercial gallery, this has made her a favourite with retailers with the clout of such as Ikea, with publishers of prints, and with auctioneers.

To mark her 30th year as a professional artist, she is launching at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park in March 2015 a limited edition print. There will be 15 screen prints of one of her greatly admired paintings The Great Escape, which is of a champagne glass-toting  woman blowing a kiss from inside a car that is doubtless about to roar off into the blue. For the first time, Deborah is using platinum leaf in this composition.

Self-taught Deborah paints every day and goes through paintbrushes galore. She started in commercial art, and became a licensee of Walt Disney painting cartoons by hand. The illusionist skill of the animator stayed with her, and her prints are known in dozens of countries. Originals hang in the US, alongside the great artists of the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st.

Her original paintings are represented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery. The next show in which Deborah’s work will feature will be Art Wynwood in Miami from February 12-16.

What is the appeal of these works, effervescent in their joy? The philosopher Nietzsche once said: “All joy seeks eternity.”

Noris Schek is a trained guitar teacher, a Bachelor of Art in Music and Music Education, who toured with Romanian blues artist AG Weinberger and had weekly TV appearances. Of Deborah, he said: “My wife and I were already big fans of her art, and now that we know her personally we’re even greater admirers. She has the loveliest and the sunniest of personalities, she’s a wonderful person. Her paintings are absolutely seductive, full of life and colour.”

He said that the story of their meeting proved that art (painting, music, etc) speaks a universal language, and, quoting from his 3.25 minute-long song, that “life (truly) is a miracle… sometimes unpredictable… “

Noris has recorded fresh, original material for a new album. More detail is on his new website and a direct link to the song Life is a Miracle can be found at

Deborah Azzopardi’s website is

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