Maggi Hambling is a figurative painter, sculptor and printmaker whose strong identification with her subjects is expressed in bold handling and colour. She was appointed first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery.
In 1997 she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a statue to commemorate Oscar Wilde. The commission resulted in an exhibition of related work at the National portrait Gallery in 1997 and the unveiling of the sculpture in Adelaide Street, behind St. Martin's in the Field, Trafalgar Square.
"A Conversation with Oscar Wilde" was unveiled by Chris Smith, Minister for the Arts in 1998.

Maggi Hambling's controversial sculpture Scallop, made as Aldeburgh's memorial to Benjamin Britten and set on an expanse of shingle shoreline in November 2003, is the first-year award winner of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association by the Marsh Christian Trust. The prize was awarded to Maggi on 24 November 2005 at the Courtauld Institute. The sculpture carries a quotation from Britten's opera Peter Grimes: I hear those voices that will not be drowned.


1945 Born Sudbury Suffolk


1960- with Lett Haines and Cedric Morris

1962-4 Ipswich School of Art

1964-7 Camberwell School of Art

1967-9 Slade School of Fine Art



1969 Boise Travel Award, New York

1977 Arts Council Award

1980-1 First Artist in Residence, National Gallery, London

1995 Jerwood Painting Prize (with Patrick Caulfield)

2005 Public Monuments and Sculpture Association Marsh Award for

Excellence in Public Sculpture, 2005



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 and tour

1988 Maggi Hambling, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh;

Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

Moments of the Sun , Arnolfini Gallery, 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

1993-4 Towards Laughter, Maggi Hambling, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art and tour

1995 Jerwood Painting Prize, Royal Academy of Scotland, Edinburgh;

Royal Academy, London

1996 Sculpture in Bronze 1993-95, Marlborough Fine Art, London

1997 A Matter of Life and Death, Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park,

West Yorkshire

A Statue for Oscar Wilde , National Portrait Gallery, London;

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

1998 A Conversation with Oscar Wilde, unveiled Adelaide St., London, WC1

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, Aldeburgh Festival Exhibition, 2003, Snape Maltings Concert Hall Gallery, Suffolk

Scallop, a sculpture to celebrate Benjamin Britten, unveiled Aldeburgh, Suffolk

2004 Thorpeness Sluice & North Sea Waves, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

2006 Maggi Hambling Portraits of People and the Sea, Marlborough Fine Art, London, 24 January - 25 February

2007 Maggi Hambling No Straight Lines, Octagon Gallery, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 6 February - 29 April; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 9 May - 10 June; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 6 November - 21 December

Maggi Hambling Waves, Marlborough Fine Art, 15 March - 5 April

Maggi Hambling Waves Breaking - paintings, Northumbria University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 September - 2 November


2009 George always - portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling, Walker Arts Gallery, Liverpool, 27 February - 31 May Maggi Hambling, North Sea Paintings, New works on paper, the Gallery, Snape Maltings, 4 - 30 June

2010 Maggi Hambling: The Wave, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 27 April - 8 August, Maggi Hambling Sea Sculpture - paintings and etchings, 4 May - 5 June, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2012 You are the sea SNAP Aldeburgh art festival, June 8th - 30th.

2013 The Resurrection Spirit, Unveiled 25th March, St Dunstan's Church, Mayfield, East Sussex
Wall of Water The Hermitage St Petersburg, June 5th- 14th July
War Requiem SNAP Aldeburgh art festival, June 8th - 30th.
The Winchester Tapestries: Created for the High Altar at Winchester Cathedral

Public Collections

Aldeburgh Foundation, Suffolk

Arts Council of Great Britain

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Birmingham City Art Gallery

British Council

British Museum

Castle Museum, Norwich

Chelmsford and Essex Museum

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Contemporary Art Society

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Fondation du Musée de la Main, Lausanne

Government Art Collection

Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Haddo House, Aberdeenshire

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire

Hereford Cathedral

Imperial War Museum, London

Jerwood Foundation

Leicestershire Education Committee

The Minories, Colchester

Morley College, London

National Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London

Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire

Royal Army Medical College, London

Rugby Collection

St. Mary's Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk

St. Mary's College, London

St. Mary's Hospital, London

St. Thomas' Hospital, London

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Southampton Art Gallery

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tate Collection, London

Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wakefield Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut


University Collections

Clare College, Cambridge

Jesus College, Cambridge

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

New Hall, Cambridge

Warwick University, Coventry

University College, London

All Souls' College, Oxford

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Nuffield College, Oxford

Templeton College, Oxford


Corporate Collections

Barclays Bank plc

Bristol Oxygen plc

Greene King Breweries plc

Pearl Assurance plc

Prudential plc

Stanhope Properties plc

Unilever House plc


Selected Biography


Robin Gibson, Max Wall: Paintings by Maggi Hambling, National Portrait Gallery,

London 1983

Marina Warner & others, Maggi Hambling: Paintings, drawings and watercolours,

Serpentine Gallery, London, 1987

Barry Barker, Maggi Hambling, Moments of the Sun, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1988

Richard Cork & Andrew Lambirth, Maggi Hambling: New Paintings 1989-1990,

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, 1990

Mel Gooding, Maggi Hambling: An Eye Through a Decade 1981-91, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1991

George Melly & Judith Collins, Maggi Hambling: Towards Laughter, Lund Humphries, 1993

Bryan Robertson, Maggi Hambling: Sculpture in Bronze 1993-95, Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd., 1996

Merlin Holland & others, Maggi Hambling: A Statue for Oscar Wilde, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1997

Tom Devonshire Jones & Andrew Lambirth, Maggi Hambling: Good Friday – paintings, drawings and sculpture 1965 to 1999, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk, 2000

Maggi Hambling, Henrietta Moraes by Maggi Hambling, Marlborough Fine Art, London, 2001

Andrew Lambirth, Father: paintings and drawings by Maggi Hambling, Morley Gallery, London, 2001



John Berger, Maggi and Henrietta: Drawings of Henrietta Moraes by Maggi Hambling, Bloomsbury, London, 2001

Maggi Hambling, Father [facsimile of sketchbook in the British Museum], Morley Gallery, London, 2001

MAGGI HAMBLING – THE WORKS and conversations with Andrew Lambirth , Unicorn Press, 2006