Deborah Azzopardi

ArtistDeborah Azzopardi
Paper Size (W x H)28 x 40 ins
Image Size (W x H)24 x 36 ins

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This painting was inspired by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, shown by the international art gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami in 2019 where it was sold for US$120,000. It was duct-taped to the wall and the owner of the gallery stated that `bananas are a symbol of global trade, a double-entendre as well as a classic device for humour`. On the Saturday, New York based performance artist David Datuna ate the banana in-front of a convention centre full of art lovers and the gallery stated that whilst the banana was indeed consumed, it didn’t diminish the integrity of the six figure artwork which was not destroyed, as the banana is simply the idea. The purchaser received a certificate which is the only part of the creation that will last, although the banana was replaced with another banana immediately afterwards. Deborah Azzopardi who exhibited in Miami, was inspired to have the idea of producing and original work of art with a Limited Edition of only 120 copies




About the Artist

Deborah Azzopardi

The London based artist Deborah Azzopardi emerged from a background in commercial art, where her clients included household names such as Bovril, Bisto, and Disney. It was enjoyable but demanding work, and after a serious illness some years ago she decided to concentrate on painting subjects that really meant something to her, reasoning that ‘Life’s short, and if you do what you love then everything else will eventually fall into place’.

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