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Maggi Hambling, Rising Wave

Maggi Hambling: The Wave

The Fitzwilliam Museum presents a major exhibition of new sea paintings by one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary artists - Maggi Hambling (b. 1945).

Maggi Hambling: The Wave brings together a powerful group of large-scale paintings depicting the power and energy of the North Sea. A series of evocative and sensual portraits of the wave, these works reveal the artist’s long-standing fascination with the elemental character of the sea.

The North Sea off the Suffolk coast has dominated Hambling’s art since 2002, a year before her celebrated sculpture Scallop was unveiled on Aldeburgh beach. This exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum comprises her most recent paintings, a number of which will be on public display for the first time.

The paintings on display, particularly Rising Wave (2009), demonstrate Hambling's increasingly bold way of working. Throughout these works, economy of colour and gesture perfectly state the powerful upward thrust of the curving wave. Among her most ambitious in scale, these works confront the viewer with all the power, grandeur and beauty of the sea.

Tue 27 April 2010 to Sun 8 August 2010
Mellon Gallery (Gallery 13)

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Maggi Hambling: The Wave

Behind the scenes of Maggi Hambling: The Wave

A short film by Nick Breeze following artist Maggi Hambling during the hanging of the exhibition Maggi Hambling: The Wave.

This video is available in other formats on the University of Cambridge Streaming Media Service