Maggi Hambling

David's Smiling Roman Head by Maggi Hambling

We have a selection of Maggi Hambling paintings for sale . Maggi Hambling CBE is a British contemporary painter and sculptor. Perhaps her best-known public works are a sculpture for Oscar Wilde in central London and Scallop, a 4-metre-high steel sculpture on Aldeburgh beach dedicated to Benjamin Britten. Both works have attracted a great degree of controversy.[2]

Hambling first studied art under Yvonne Drewry at the Amberfield School in Nacton. She then studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing from 1960 under Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, then at Ipswich School of Art (1962–64), Camberwell(1964–67), and finally the Slade School of Art, graduating in 1969.[3] In 1980 Hambling became the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London, after which she produced a series of portraits of the comedian Max Wall. Wall responded to Hambling’s request to paint him with a letter saying: “Re: painting little me, I am flattered indeed – what colour?”[1][4] She has taught at Wimbledon School of Art.[5]

In 1995, she was awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize (with Patrick Caulfield). In the same year, she was awarded an OBE for her services to painting, followed by a CBE in 2010. Hambling’s celebrated series of North Sea paintings have continued since late 2002.

Portraits form part of Hambling’s oeuvre, with several works in the National Portrait Gallery, London.[6] Women feature prominently in her portrait series. For example, Hambling was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint Professor Dorothy Hodgkin in 1985. The portrait features Professor Hodgkin at a desk with four hands all engaged in different tasks.[7] Her wider body of work is held in many public collections including the British Museum, Tate Collection, National Gallery, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hambling is openly “lesbionic” (her adjective).[8] In 1998, she met and created charcoal portraits of her partner Henrietta Moraes in the last year of her life.[9] The Telegraph obituary for the racing journalist Lord Oaksey recorded that, ” The marriage broke up in unhappily public fashion in the mid-1980s, when Lady Oaksey left her husband for the artist Maggi Hambling”.[10]

As of November 2016 she lives with her partner of 33 years, fellow artist Tory Lawrence in a cottage near Saxmundham in Suffolk.[11]

With regard to Scallop the artist describes the sculpture as 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.”[12]

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