Maggi Hambling


Maggi Hambling (b. 1945, Sudbury, Suffolk) is a contemporary British painter and sculptor. Hambling studied first at Cedric Morris’ and Arthur Lett-Haines’ East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing before going to the Ipswich (1962–64), Camberwell (1964–67) and Slade (1967–69) Schools of Art. In 1980, she was invited to be the first artist in residence at the National Gallery, London.

Hambling’s work has been the subject of many solo museum exhibitions since 1980, including two solo exhibitions at The National Gallery, London in 1981 and 2014; and a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 1983 and 2009. Other significant museum exhibitions include The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA (1981); the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1997); The Lowry, Salford (2009); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2009); The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2010); Winchester Cathedral (2013); The Hermitage, St Petersburg (2013); Somerset House (2015); The British Museum, London (2016); The Jerwood Gallery (2018); Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (2019); and Gainsborough’s House (2023). Hambling’s work has been acquired by many important private and public collections including in the UK by Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, and outside the UK by Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Public sculptures include A Conversation with Oscar Wilde, London; Scallop (for Benjamin Britten), Aldeburgh Beach; The Brixton Heron, London; and A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft, London.

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