Painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling CBE was born in Suffolk. She studied at Ipswich School of Art (1962-4), Camberwell (1964-7), and the Slade School of Art graduating in 1969. In 1969 she also received a Boise Travel Award to New York. She made a series of celebrated portraits of British comedian Max Wall while Artist-in-Residence at the National Gallery, London (1980-81). In the mid 1980s she made many dramatic landscapes of her native Suffolk. Her best known if controversial public works are a memorial to Oscar Wilde in central London and Scallop, a 4 metre high steel sculpture of two interlocking scallop shells on Aldeburgh beach dedicated to Benjamin Britten. In 1995 she was awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize (with Patrick Caulfield).
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