Hambling, Maggi. (19 of 22). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1995-10-24 and 1995-10-27 and 1995-11-13 and 1995-11-21 and 1995-11-28 and 1995-12-11 and 1996-01-26

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    Interviewee's studio, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Hambling, Maggi, 1945- (speaker, female)

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    Gooding, Mel (speaker, male)

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    Part 19. (Interview 23rd January 1996) Personal life at time of Serpentine show; Tori Laurence's husband asked for divorce in order to re-marry; press coverage of Tori Laurence and Maggi Hambling (MH) being together. [Reference to Percy refers to MH's dog.] MH began to appear on television from mid-1980s in 'Gallery'. Arnolfini show of MH, curated in 1988 by Barry Barker. January 1988, mother died, put death and sense of loss more deeply into MH's consciousness than any other death. V&A show, 'Artists in National Parks', wanted to do sunsets off Pembrokeshire coast, details. Sunset paintings very much to do with death of MH's mother. 'Mourning Sunset' and sunrises part of Arnolfini show with bull paintings in different room, plus watercolours and drawings upstairs. 'Moments of Sun'. Mourning mother and effect of this on MH's work over subsequent years. Broken Moon series of paintings. 'December 1989'. 'Broken Moon', 1989. 'Between Sun and Moon', self-portrait painted in three weeks after Tori Laurence's mother, Peter Fuller and Max Wall had all died. First commercial gallery show, Bernard Jacobson, 1990, 'Walking Dragon Sunrise' last painting done for this show. Peter Fuller had introduced Bernard Jacobson to MH's work. Attitude to dealers. 'August Night'; development of painting and dream in 1990 about dying which fed into it. Ink drawings in Tate; 'Mud Dream'. 'The Happy Dead' (belongs to Paul Bailley). Beginnings of Laugh Paintings. Relationship between MH's life and content of paintings.

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