Portrait of Bev Walters, Principal of Morley College 1991–2003
Portrait of Bev Walters, Principal of Morley College 1991–2003 (2003)
Maggi Hambling CBE (1945-)
oil on canvas, 63.5x63.5cm
Maggi Hambling CBE, British contemporary painter, sculptor and teacher was born in Suffolk and studied at Ipswich College of Art, Camberwell and the Slade. Hambling’s reputation was established with a major series of portraits of the celebrated British comedian Max Wall, produced when she was the first Artist-in-Residence at the National Gallery, London 1980-81, and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1983. Since the 1980s her repertoire of work has extended widely and today, her wider body of work is held in many public collections including, in the UK, the British Museum, Tate Collection, National Gallery, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as in numerous university and corporate collections. Perhaps her best-known public works are a sculpture for Oscar Wilde in central London and Scallop,
a 4-metre-high steel sculpture on Aldeburgh beach dedicated to Benjamin Britten. Hambling has taught at Morley since 1969 and her portraits of Morley College Principals were commissioned by the Friends of Morley.