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London's National Gallery announces Maggi Hambling display

London's National Gallery announces Maggi Hambling display
21 Aug 2014

The National Gallery in London has recently given word of a Maggi Hambling exhibition, set to begin in the venue on November 26th this year.

The sculptor and painter was the first person to be an artist in residence at the gallery, a post she held between 1980 and 1981.

Now she's set to bring Walls of Water, a new painting series, to the space.

The display, in room one, will be available to view until February 15th 2015, and gallery visitors won't have to pay to see it.

The paintings in the show are sure to be a must-see for fans of the artist, especially given that they've never been put on show for the public up to this point.

The exhibition is said to provide a modern-day parallel to Peder Balke's 19th century landscape and seascape work, which is being shown in the National around the same time.

Wall of Water was started in 2010, and involves paintings taking inspiration from huge waves breaking against a Southwold sea wall near where the artist lives.

Visitors will be able to see pieces such as eight paintings that are bigger than six by seven ft in the new display.

The artist has work in every major collection in Britain, including the Tate and British Museum collections.

"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," she has said.

Peder Balke was a Norwegian artist who lived in the 19th century. He was among the first artists to travel to Norway's far north.ADNFCR-408-ID-801743685-ADNFCR

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