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Painter Maggi Hambling opens exhibition of lockdown works

The Suffolk-born artist posed with a cigarette during the press viewing.

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British artist Maggi Hambling looks at her work Laughing (Jonathan Brady/PA)

British artist Maggi Hambling looks at her work Laughing (Jonathan Brady/PA)

British artist Maggi Hambling looks at her work Laughing (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Painter Maggi Hambling has unveiled a collection of new works marking her 75th birthday later this month.

The exhibition at Marlborough Gallery in London, titled 2020, features a series of self-portraits, painted during lockdown, as well as pictures of imperilled animals.

Hambling, who celebrates the milestone on October 23, poses with her pieces while smoking a cigarette in photos from the press viewing.

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British artist Maggi Hambling (Jonathan Brady/PA)

British artist Maggi Hambling (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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British artist Maggi Hambling (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The lockdown of spring 2020 gave rise to Self-Portrait, (Angry) an abstract image painted with oil on canvas.

In Self-Portrait, Working, Hambling is seen as if from the point of view of the canvas, as a faint grey silhouette.

Elephant Without Tusk, Lion In Enclosure and Young Dancing Bear show animals in danger, echoing her previous work highlighting humanity’s effect on the natural world.

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Lion In Enclosure (left) and Young Dancing Bear (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Lion In Enclosure (left) and Young Dancing Bear (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Lion In Enclosure (left) and Young Dancing Bear (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Hambling’s Edge series of 2017 depicted dissolving polar icecaps.

Born in Suffolk in 1945, Hambling has worked across painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation.

In 2017, the British Museum hosted a retrospective of her work on paper, and a major retrospective exhibition of her work across all media was held in China in 2019.

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Maggi Hambling with Covid Spring (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Maggi Hambling with Covid Spring (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Maggi Hambling with Covid Spring (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Maggi Hambling: 2020 runs at Marlborough Gallery in London between October 15 and November 21.

This autumn will see the artist unveil a public sculpture for feminist writer and advocate Mary Wollstonecraft in Newington Green, London.

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