I’ve always loved the art of Maggie Hambling. I’m a big fan of painterly, expressionistic art – words which aptly describe this artists work.
Hambling studied East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing from 1960, under the tutelage of Cedric Morris and then at the Ipswich school of Art (1962 – 64). She then went to Camberwell (1964 -1967) graduating at the Slade School of Art in 1969.
Though known mainly for her portraiture – a lot were in the National Gallery where she became the first artist in residence in 1980 and did a series of portraits of the comedienne Max Wall.
She has also created sculpture including : Memorial to Oscar Wilde London and Scallop, an interlocking steel sculpture on Alderburgh beach, dedicated to the composer Benjamin Britten The sculpture itself was made by a local foundry and copied from a 4 inch model supplied by the artist. The sculpture has created a lot of controversy – some say it enhances the view of the sea, others say it blocks the sea out. The sculpture has been vandalised a few times too. Hambling herself calls it a conversation piece – a conversation with the sea;-
“An important part of my concept is that at the centre of the sculpture, where the sound of the waves and the winds are focused, a visitor may sit and contemplate the mysterious power of the sea,”
Hambling’s subjects include a lot of Gay people including George Melly, Stephen Fry and Quentin Crisp.
From the 1980s Hambling turned mainly to landscapes and recently seascapes. Her work has become a lot more abstract and in 1995 she received an OBE for her services to painting and appointed a CBE in the new years Honours list in 2010.
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Information about the artist – start here
Wonderful interview which really reveals the personality of the artist here What a character 🙂
Hambling’s website http://www.maggihambling.com/
The short video shows extracts of her work in her studio. Video by shabboleth Thanks!