Watercolour on paper
Image size: 48 x 58
Framed size: 80 x 90 x 4cm
Noted contemporary British artist, Maggi Hambling, trained at the Ipswich School of Art, from 1962 - 1965 and the Slade School of Art, from 1967 - 1969. In 1969 she received a Boise Travel Award to New York.
Hambling's reputation was formed by a major series of portraits of the celebrated British comedian, Max Wall, produced while she was the first Artist-in-Residence at the National Gallery, London (from 1980 - 1981), and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1983.
In the mid-1980's she turned to landscape painting, made in her native Suffolk. Her studies of dawn in the Orwell Estuary recall the luminous visions of the 19th Century English masters, J.M. Turner and John Constable.
In works from the early 1900s a violent symbolism disturbs dreamlike compositions: whirlpools of primal colour revolve around the image of a fractured moon in elegies of spectral radiance.