Maggi Hambling CBE British, b. 1945
Maggi Hambling is a British painter and sculptor. She is best known for her expressive portraits and sublime depictions of landscapes and seascapes. Working in the tradition of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, Hambling’s close-up paintings of waves also call to mind the suspended, detailed prints of Hokusai Katsushika. Aside from painting, the artist has made a number of public sculptures, including a tribute to Oscar Wilde in the center of London, and Scallop on Aldeburgh beach. Born on October 23, 1945 in Sudbury, United Kingdom, she studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing under Cedric Lockwood Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines before attending the Slade School of Art. In 1980, Hambling became the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London, and soon after created a series of portraits of the comedian Max Wall. The artist’s works are in the collections of the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tate Gallery in London, and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, among others. Hambling lives and works in London, United Kingdom.