Maggi Hambling


Maggi Hambling is a household name in British art. She was the First Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1980-81, and among other of her works, her portarits of George Melly and Max Wall hang in the National Portrait Gallery. Maggi Hambling is a figurative painter, sculptor and printmaker whose strong identification with her subjects is expressed in bold handling and colour.

In 1997 she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a statue to commemorate Oscar Wilde. The commission resulted in an exhibition of related work at the National Portrait Gallery. Situated in Adelaide Street, behind the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, "A Conversation with Oscar Wilde" was unveiled by Chris Smith, Minister for the Arts in 1998.

In London, Hambling’s work is represented in the following public collections: The TATE, The British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the V[[&]]A. She is one of Britain's best-known and controversial living artists. Her sculpture ‘Scallop’ (for Benjamin Britten) on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk was unveiled in 2003 and aroused both praise and criticism nationwide. In 2005, it was awarded the first Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.

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Available Works

Lake Isle of Innesfree 5/9/92
Sunrise, Orwell Estuary, 13/7/90
Jemma March 1991