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Maggi Hambling studied at Camberwell (1964-7), with Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, and at the Slade (1967-9). She was the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1980-1 and is known for her expressive response to her sitters and to the natural world. (http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07447/Maggi-Hambling#description)
Maggi Hambling CBE (born 23 October 1945 in Sudbury, Suffolk); British contemporary painter and sculptor. 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. Both works have attracted a great degree of controversy.
Hambling first studied art under Yvonne Drewry at the Amberfield School in Nacton. She then studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing from 1960 under Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, then at Ipswich School of Art (1962–64), Camberwell (1964–67), and finally the Slade School of Art, graduating in 1969. In 1980 Hambling became the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London, after which she produced a series of portraits of the comedian Max Wall. Wall responded to Hambling's request to paint him with a letter saying: "Re: painting little me, I am flattered indeed – what color?" She has taught at Wimbledon School of Art.
In 1995, she was awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize (with Patrick Caulfield). In the same year she was awarded an OBE for her services to painting, followed by a CBE in 2010. Hambling's celebrated series of North Sea paintings have continued since late 2002.
...Hambling is openly "lesbionic" (her adjective). In 1998, she met and created charcoal portraits of her partner Henrietta Moraes in the last year of her life. The Telegraph obituary for the racing journalist Lord Oaksey recorded that, "The marriage broke up in unhappily public fashion in the mid-1980s, when Lady Oaksey left her... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggi_Hambling)