Hambling has established a reputation over the last five decades as one of Britain’s most significant and controversial painters and sculptors. Out and queer for over 50 years, the artist talks about her work, inspirations and her “lesbionic” life, with links both to the bohemian past and the contemporary art world.
Maggi Hambling (born 1945, Suffolk). Studied with Lett Haines and Cedric Morris, and then Ipswich, Camberwell and the Slade Schools of Art. In 1980 she was the First Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London, and in 1995 she won the Jerwood Painting Prize (with Patrick Caulfield). In 1998 her sculpture A conversation with Oscar Wilde was unveiled at Adelaide Street, London, facing Charing Cross Station. In 2003 Scallop, a sculpture to celebrate Benjamin Britten was unveiled in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and in 2005 Hambling was awarded the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for Scallop. Museum exhibitions include Maggi Hambling, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1987, An Eye Through a Decade, Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, Connecticut, 1991, A Matter of Life and Death, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 1997, George Always, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2009, Maggi Hambling – The Wave, the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, 2010 War Requiem, Installation, SNAP 2013 purchased for Aldeburgh Music by the Monument Trust, Wall of Water, The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia, 2013, Walls of Water, National Gallery, London 2014, War Requiem & Aftermath, Somerset House, London 2015, Touch, British Museum 2016 / 17. Hambling’s latest exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art, Edge, was on view from 1 March to 13 April 2017.
Image: Nicola Bensley