12 things you need to know about Maggi Hambling

Jane Czyzselska gives you the lowdown on the legendary artist


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Maggi Hambling and Jane Czyzselska

 

1. She’s one of Britain’s most foremost, significant and controversial artists.

 

2. She’s a gay icon and a “lesbionic” legend.

 

3. She became the first artist in residence at London’s National Gallery in 1980.

 

4. She’s painted portraits or made sculptures of everyone including bisexual jazz singer George Melly, her neighbour Frances Rose, her partner Tory Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, Derek Jarman and the 5th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair.

 

5. She’s made work over the last five decades that explores sex and death, war, politics, memory, ageing, desire and the environment.

 

6. She paints every single day. Yes, even on Christmas day.

 

7. She prefers the word dyke to lesbian and hates more than anything being referred to as a queer artist.

 

8. She refused an invitation to be the war artist for the Falklands conflict and was awarded a CBE in 2010.

 

9. She is represented in major collections internationally.

 

10. She loves Coronation Street and Downton Abbey

 

11. You can see some of her work on Aspall Cyder labels and appeared in a video ad for the cider company where she recited a version of Dorothy Parker’s famous tribute to dry martinis: “I do like Aspall Cyder, but two at the very most, three I’m under the table and four I’m under the host”.

 

12. You can catch her in conversation with Jane Czyzselska on 8 November at Homotopia, 6pm at the Tate, Liverpool.

 

Find out more and book your tickets at: homotopia.net/festival-item/maggie-hambling-in-conversation/#.WfdG0K10feS

 

 

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