6: Synthesis: Maggi Hambling (forthcoming)

!!Notes so far

Maggi Hambling is primarily a painter, but has also done powerful monoprints, etchings, lithographs and drypoints. What characterises all Maggi Hambling’s work 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. She has been prominent in advocating gay rights and particularly her more recent work has dealt with political themes like global warming, migration and war.

I am as yet undecided between two possibilities for my final print in Assignment 6:

  • to look more specifically at her monochrome monoprints, comparing her mark-making with that of Edgar Degas focus on light and Koichi Yamomoto focus on abstract shapes. Also drawing on texture experiments with salt etch abstract mark-making I did in Printmaking 1, and aim to try and reproduce with drypoint and carborundum.
  • to focus more on her oil-painting textures using Holbein Duo water-based inks

Likely topics are either ‘The Kiss’ based on the forthcoming exhibition at British Museum, or a portrait or life drawing with an emotional feminist theme.

I am going to a talk by Maggi Hambling on her recent work on 28th April at the Alde Valley Festival and will have a clearer idea then.

Her works

Maggi Hambling website

References to be inserted (I have most of her books):

  • 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: