Maggi Hambling: Suffolk’s Global Artist

Local artist Maggi Hambling’s work is profoundly influenced by her Suffolk childhood and visits to the Suffolk Coast.

Hambling, who was brought up in Hadleigh, Suffolk, first studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing 1962-4 and then at the Ipswich School of Art before moving to London where she would soon achieve worldwide acclaim. Not forgetting the roots of her work and the scenery that first inspired her, Hambling’s work often returns to the county. In 2004 her Thorpeness Sluice and North Sea Waves exhibition was held at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh.

In 1980 Hambling became the first artist in residence at the National Gallery in London and has continued to inspire the city with her spectacular scenes of the land and seacape of Suffolk. Most recently in 2006 when her Portraits of People and the Sea exhibition was housed at Marlborough Fine Art, London.

The Scallop, Hambling’s iconic image of the Suffolk Coast arrived on Aldeburgh beach in 2003. The sculpture was set up to commemorate Benjamin Britten and displays a quote from Britten’s Peter Grimes ‘I hear those voices that will not be drowned’. In 2005 Hambling was awarded the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association Marsh award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for the Scallop, thus recognising the profound importance of the piece.

A walk along Aldeburgh beach to this sculpture allows visitors to the coast a profound insight into the inspiration behind this most unique and unusual artist.

Photo Credit: Alan Stanton