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‘This stuff goes on being alive’: Maggi Hambling on the power of painting

The artist, at 69, on Rembrandt, Twombly and talking to God

18 April 2015

9:00 AM

18 April 2015

9:00 AM

Maggi Hambling is 70 later this year, and a career that took off when she was appointed the first artist in residence at the National Gallery, in 1980, shows no signs of slackening in momentum. Hambling is still as uncompromising as ever, and as difficult to categorise. An artist of sustained originality and inventiveness who fits no pigeonhole and is part of no group, she is a resolutely independent figure (she enjoys the description ‘maverick’) who considers it her duty to keep questioning assumptions (her own as much as other people’s) and looking afresh at the world.

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