MAGGI HAMBLING CBE (born 23 October 1945 in
* 1 Biography * 2 Personal life * 3 Footnotes * 4 References * 5 External links
Hambling first studied art under
Yvonne Drewry at the Amberfield
School in Nacton. She then studied at the East Anglian School of
In 1995, she was awarded the Jerwood
Portraits form part of Hambling's oeuvre, with several works in the
National Portrait Gallery , London. Women feature prominently in her
portrait series. For example, Hambling was commissioned by the
National Portrait Gallery to paint Professor Dorothy Hodgkin in 1985.
The portrait features Professor Hodgkin at a desk with four hands all
engaged in different tasks. Her wider body of work is held in many
public collections including the
Hambling is openly "lesbionic " (her adjective). In 1998, she met and created charcoal portraits of her partner Henrietta Moraes in the last year of her life. The Telegraph obituary for the racing journalist Lord Oaksey recorded that, " The marriage broke up in unhappily public fashion in the mid-1980s, when Lady Oaksey left her husband for the artist Maggi Hambling".
As of November 2016 she lives with her partner of 33 years, fellow artist Tory Lawrence in a cottage near Saxmundham in Suffolk.
With regard to Scallop the artist describes the sculpture as a conversation with the sea: "An important part of my concept is that at the centre of the sculpture, where the sound of the waves and the winds are focused, a visitor may sit and contemplate the mysterious power of the sea."
Hambling gave up smoking in 2004 and was involved in the campaign against the total ban on smoking in public places in England which took effect on 1 July 2007. Speaking at a news conference at the House of Commons on 7 February 2007, she said: "I wholeheartedly support the campaign against a ban on smoking in public places. Just because I gave up at 59, other people may choose not to. There must be freedom of choice , something that is fast disappearing in this so-called free country."
She took up smoking again on her 65th birthday but only 'the ones that smell of toothpaste'.
In August 2014, Hambling was one of 200 public figures who were
signatories to a letter to
* ^ A B Bredin, Lucinda (18 May 2002). "A matter of life and
death". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
* ^ Kennedy, Maev (3 November 2003). "A word in your shell-like:
get that monstrosity off our beach". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4
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