Monday, 12 July 2010

Maggi Hambling - Fitzwilliam Museum

The Wave
27 April - 8 August

A major exhibition of new sea paintings by Maggi Hambling, one of Britain's most distinguished contemporary artists.

Bringing together a powerful group of large-scale paintings depicting the power and energy of the North Sea - a number of which are on public display for the first time - this exhibition reveals the artist's long-standing fascination with the elemental character of the sea off the Suffolk coast. Among her most ambitious in scale, these evocative and sensual portraits of the wave demonstrate Hambling's increasingly bold way of working, confronting the viewer with all the power, grandeur and beauty of the sea.

I was particularly drawn to this one image from a room filled with very similar pieces. I think it's Hambling's ability to capture the awesome natural movement and force of the subject in a still image that pleases me. I found that when I began sketching I was trying to capture the movement and force of the lines and texture that she had created, rather than those of the waves.

This process came as a pleasant surprise to me, and an intriguing one at that. The interpretation of natural movement taken from a previous interpretation.

There is a great video on the Fitzwilliam website of Maggi talking about her work at the gallery. Link is HERE

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