6: Synthesis: Maggi Hambling (forthcoming)

Maggi Hambling is primarily a painter, but has also done powerful monoprints, etchings, lithographs and drypoints. What ties Maggi Hambling’s work together is her feeling for movement and texture in both her paintings and prints. Her life monoprints and drawings attempt to capture the movement in the figure during the sitting.

Her work will inspire my experiments with monoprint textures in Project 2.2 and portraits and self-portraits in Part 4. My main focus in my work for review I am planning to look more specifically at her monochrome monoprints, comparing her mark-making to represent water with that of Edgar Degas focus on light and Koichi Yamomoto focus on abstract shapes. I am planning to do a large monochrome monoprint of either one of the bridges along the river cam, or a political event from TV at the time.

This would develop much more the techniques I started to develop in the feature image of my A2 print from Printmaking 1. It would also draw on further experiments with salt etch abstract mark-making I am planning in Part 5 of the course to see how I can reproduce some of these also in monochrome monoprint.

Her works

Maggi Hambling website


  • Touch
  • War and Requiem

My first introduction to Maggi Hambling was through an exhibition at the National Gallery in 2009? and her portrait drawings

Maggi Hambling is probably currently most well known for her wave and Walls of Water paintings shown at the National Gallery. These include a series of monotypes first shown at Malborough Fine Art (see the exhibition), then the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the National Gallery.

More recently her work has been more political with the exhibitions, dealing with topics like global warming, migration and war: