Bumps and curves make real people | Deborah Azzopardi

“I had been working in a shop and had never had any artistic training. A little enthusiasm, I found, goes a long way”. Deborah Azzopardi was about to die. It was in her 20’s, and she contracted meningitis. Following her recovery, she quit her job and decided on two new paths – her family and painting.

Though described as the British answer to Lichtenstein (by art critic Estelle Lovatt), Azzoparti slowly departs from the classic pop-art definition, and in her  own words  “I called my style pop art only because I needed a term that was easy for people to understand. 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.”

Cheerful and colorful, Azzoparti is keeping the vibes happy. ” I don’t take inspiration from anything sad. Nothing serious. Nothing in the news. I’m not inspired by that at all. I’m inspired by laughter, flippancy, peculiar friends. I call all my friends ‘suspects’ – they’re all suspects.

It’s quite nice having suspect friends, because it’s quite a variety and they make life models as well. In regards to her muses, she says “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.”

We’re excited to have Azzoparti’s works presented at Eden Fine Art.

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