Hambling at the Ivy

2008-12-29 00:00

An article on Maggi Hambling's latest paintings of George Melly, now hung at London's prestigious restaurant The Ivy, has appeared in The Independent. Click Restaurant Art to view.


In the article, Hambling describes her own relationship with displaying art in restaurants:


My work is in the Tate, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery and others, but it's the first time I've had work in a restaurant. So it's a new and exciting experience for me, as it is a space where you go to eat rather than look at art.


The fact that the portraits are of George Melly is particularly poignant for me. George was one of my closest friends, so it is appropriate that two of my paintings of him are in The Ivy because that's where we often had dinner together. Since he died last July, I have undertaken a series of paintings of him, because if you are close to someone, they carry on being alive inside you.


I like the unexpected setting of a restaurant for art. You go to The Ivy to eat, so the art is a surprise. And if you're sitting beside great art, eating great food and drinking great wine, it is a voluptuous experience, and makes for a great evening.



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