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.


1945 Born Sudbury, Suffolk 

1960 – With Lett Haines and Cedric Morris
1962– 64 Ipswich School of Art
1964 –67 Camberwell School of Art
1967– 69 Slade School of Fine Art



1969 Boise Travel Award, New York
1977 Arts Council Award
1980– 81 First Artist in Residence, National Gallery, London
1995 Jerwood Painting Prize (with Patrick Caulfield)
2005 Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for Scallop


1967 Paintings and Drawings, Hadleigh Gallery, Suffolk
1973 Paintings and Drawings, Morley Gallery, London
1977 New Oil Paintings, Warehouse Gallery, London
1981 Drawings and Paintings on View, National Gallery, London
1983 Pictures of Max Wall, National Portrait Gallery London and tour
1987 Maggi Hambling, Serpentine Gallery, London
1988 Maggi Hambling, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr. Moments of the Sun, Arnolfini, Bristol and tour
1990 New Paintings 1989-90, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
1991 An Eye Through a Decade, Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, Connecticut
1992 The Jemma Series, monotypes, Bernard Jacobson
Gallery, London
1993 Dragon Morning, Works in Clay, CCA Galleries, London
1993–94 Towards Laughter, Maggi Hambling, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and tour
1995 Jerwood Painting Prize, Royal Academy of Scotland, Edinburgh, Royal Academy, London
1996 Sculpture in Bronze, Marlborough Fine Art London
1997 A Matter of Life and Death, Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. A Statue for Oscar Wilde, National Portrait Gallery, London; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
1998 A Convesation with Oscar Wilde, unveiled Adelaide Street, London, facing Charing Cross Station
2000 Good Friday, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
2001 Good Friday, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Henrietta Moraes by Maggi Hambling, Marlborough Fine Art, London. Father, Morley Gallery, London
2003 The Very Special Brew Series, Sotheby’s, London. North Sea Paintings, Snape Maltings Concert Hall Gallery, Suffolk. Scallop, a sculpture to celebrate Benjamin Britten, unveiled Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2004 Thorpeness Sluice and North Sea Waves, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2006 Portraits of People and the Sea, Marlborough Fine Art London
2007 No Straight Lines, Octagon Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Abbot Hall, Kendal Waves Breaking, Marlborough Graphics, London. Waves Breaking, Northumbria University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Waves and Waterfalls, Abbot Hall, Kendal
2008 Waves and Waterfalls, Marlborough Fine Art, London. Waterfalls and Slaughden Waves, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. North Sea Waves, David Case Fine Art, Norfolk
2009 George always-portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and National Portrait Gallery, London. The Sea – paintings by LS Lowry and Maggi Hambling, The Lowry, Salford, Manchester.

2010 Maggi Hambling: The Wave, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Maggi Hambling: New Sea Sculpture, Paintings and Etchings, Marlborough Fine Art, London. The Brixton Heron, The Prince & Dex Building, London.

2012 You are the Sea, installation shown at SNAP 2012, Aldeburgh Festival.

2013 The Resurrection Spirit, unveiled at St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield, East Sussex, UK. Wall of water, The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia. The Winchester Tapestries unveiled at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, UK. War Requiem, installation shown at SNAP 2013, Aldeburgh Festival.

2014 Maggi Hambling : Walls of Water, The National Gallery London (26 November 2014 – 15 February 2015), Walls of Water : The Monotypes, Marlborough Fine Art (3 December 2014 – 10 January 2015).


Courtesy of the artist’s website.