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theartsdesk Q&A: Artist Maggi Hambling | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Artist Maggi Hambling

theartsdesk Q&A: Artist Maggi Hambling

The flamboyant artist talks to theartsdesk about sex, death and the sea.

Maggi Hambling: 'You’ve got to make your work your best friend'© Jillian Edelstein

Next week sees the opening of an exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art of new work by Maggi Hambling, one of the most innovative and prolific - not to mention flamboyant - artists working in Britain today, which neatly coincides with a show of sea paintings at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge. You can see a selection in theartsdesk's gallery. Born in 1945, she has a reputation for being fierce and she’s certainly imposing – had she opted for a career in the performing arts she’d have given Edith Evan’s Lady Bracknell a run for her money – but she’s also extremely good company. And she’s a grafter, rising before dawn and putting the hours in before collapsing with a whisky in front of Coronation Street. “Well, one has to keep in touch with reality somehow,” she told me when I recently visited her at her studio in Suffolk.

I think great art inhabits the place that is both life and death and that’s rather the point of it

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