Born in Suffolk in 1945, Hambling is a distinguished painter ans sculptor whose work can be seen in the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Collection, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and many other public collections in the UK and abroad. She was the first artist in residence at the National Gallery in 1980-81. Her portraits of George Melly and Max Wall are among those of her works in the National Portrait Gallery. Maggi Hambling is a figurative painter, sculptor and printmaker whose strong identification with her subject is expressed in bold handling and colour. In 1998 her statue to commemorate Oscar Wilde- A Converstion with Oscar Wilde was unveiled facing Charing Cross Station. In 2003 Scallop: her sculpure to celebrate Benjamin Britten, was unveiled on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk.