Hambling, Maggi. (20 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)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel (speaker, male)

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    Part 20. Victor Musgrave's observation re Maggi Hambling's (MH) vulnerability and backbone of steel necessary for work. 1992 monotype series shown at Bernard Jacobson and 1991 Yale show, 'An Eye Through a Decade', first showing of the Laugh Paintings. Public, commercial and private aspects of being a painter. Details of Laugh Paintings. Mother's death and way it affected MH's father. Painting in St. Thomas' Hospital, triptych of mother during her illness. Father's painting. 1988 MH and father showed together at Minories, Colchester. 'Gemma' monoprints, 1991, 1992, made at Morley College. 1996 monoprints, series linked to concurrent sculpture. 'Towards Laughter', touring show beginning in Sunderland in 1993 and ending at Barbican Centre in London. 'Suicide Laugh', 1992, figure of woman made of liquid white oil paint pushed round with fingers and carved. Increasing use of hands to make the paintings and monoprints. Went to Royal College in December 1992 to work in Ceramics Dept. Wanted to make 'Dragon Sunrise' in clay. Importance of experiment. The Laugh came into subsequent clay pieces, relationship to paintings very close. Had always wanted to go to Egypt, went with Tori Laurence in 1993. Had begun to work on clay pieces with sun and moon being carried, found similar ideas in Egyptian tombs. These pieces shown in summer of 1993, responses to them. Wanted to go on working in three dimensions, built a garden shed at time when Stephen Fry was posing for MH (August 1993), Fry christened shed 'Shirley' - MH opted for 'Shirley Temple of Art'. Began to work in wax.

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