Sea-tacular Maggi Hambling at the National Gallery


As a fan of abstract landscape, Hamblings magnified views of stratospherically sized waves gives an intense portrayal at the moment of impact. Her impasto oil brushstrokes and palette knife work only gives extra momentum to the undeniable might and force of the rough sea.

Getting inspiration from her nearby Suffolk coastline in Southwold, you can get lost in her melodic quality of a rampaging sea. Close enough to sweep you off and out into its hidden depths. And its these hidden depths that show us glimpses of unexpected colour, poetic energy and raw beauty. Just as you walk around the compact exhibition space, Hamblings paintings become more abstract and ‘beautiful’. The initial rawness of the sea evens out and becomes submissive, restrained and entrancing.

As the National Gallery’s first ever artist-in-residence its a pleasure to see new works from this distinguished British female painter. Some may feel her work is tame and the subject matter may have been done many times over but I see them as larger than life paintings of an incredible, and destructive, force of nature. One to be respected and enjoyed.







My own 'sneakily' taken close-up photograph

Room 1
At the National Gallery until 15th February 2015
Free entry



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