Amongst the array of National Gallery exhibitions 2014, these eight monumental canvases depict Maggi Hambling’s waves of expansive water crashing onto the sea wall in her native Southwold in Suffolk. There is also a ninth smaller canvas produced in response to Amy Winehouse’s death back in 2011. The paintings offer a contemporary parallel to the seascapes and landscapes by Norwegian artist Peder Balke, concurrently on show in the Sunley Room.
Hambling’s canvases radiate an intensity of colour and energy that is awe- inspiring. Commenting on the series, she writes: ‘The one crucial thing that only painting can do is to make you feel as if you’re there while it’s being created – as if it’s happening in front of you.’ Well said. Catch it while you can!
|What||Maggi Hambling, National Gallery|
|Where||National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
26 Nov 14 – 15 Feb 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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