Maggi Hambling

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Maggi Hambling
Maggi Hambling (born 1945) is a painter and sculptor. She is noted for her statue of Oscar Wilde in central London and Scallop, a 4 metre high steel sculpture on Aldeburgh beach dedicated to Benjamin Britten.
The Scallop
A Conversation with Oscar Wilde
She was born in Sudbury, and educated at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, Ipswich School of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and the Slade School of Art.

In 1980 Hambling became the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London. Her work includes portraits and a series of North Sea paintings.

Hambling is openly "lesbionic" (her adjective).[1]

In 1995 she was awarded an OBE for her services to painting, followed by a CBE in 2010.

She was rated a "National Treasure" in the Pink List 2010 and the Pink List 2011, number 28 in the Pride Power List 2011 and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" in the Pink List 2012 and number 60 in the World Pride Power List 2013.

"As confirmed by her CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours, Hambling is as quintessentially British as warm beer, dissent, and scones for tea. Her best- known works are a memorial to Oscar Wilde and a four-metre sculpture in metal of two interlocking scallops, erected on Aldeburgh beach and dedicated to Benjamin Britten."[2]


  1. Lynn Barber, "Maggi Hambling: glad to be off the wall", Sunday Times, 23 November 2014.
  2. "IOS Pink List 2010", Independent on Sunday, 31 July 2010.