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Maggi Hambling (b. 1945)


Maggi Hambling (b. 1945)

Wild Summer Sea

Circa. 2009, oil in canvas, 29cm x 79cm / 45cm x 94cm  

Hambling  trained at the Ipswich School of Art,  Suffolk (1962-4),  at Camberwell School of Art (1964-7) and at the Slade School of Fine Art (1967-9). She received a Boise Travel Award to New York in 1969.

While artist-in-residence at the National Gallery, London (1980-81) Hambling produced a series of portraits of comedian Max Wall. Wall, responded to Hambling's request to paint him in a letter saying: 'Re: painting little me, I am flattered indeed - what colour?' The paintings were exhibited at the National Gallery in 1983 to much acclaim and helped secure her reputation. The numerous paintings and charcoal sketches from this series illustrate her superior observational skills and her direct engagement with her subject. Living in her native Suffolk during the mid 1980's, Hambling turned to painting the surrounding landscapes. Gambling worked from life and from the model. But to go beyond this level of realism in her work, she delved into her subconscious imaginings and her memories producing such vibrant compositions and textures as illustrated in her now famous series of North Sea paintings. 

Fred Yates (1922-2008)


Fred Yates (1922-2008)

On The Bridge

Oil on Bard, 37 x 44cm / 53.5 x 60cm 


Fred Yates was botn in Urmston, Lancashire. He worked as an insurance clerk until the second world war broke out. Following his service Yates worked as a painter and decorator and then began training to become a teacher. While doing this he took up painting proper and worked in the style of L S Lowry. 

Yates strove for recognition beyond the style of Lowry, and in the 1970's, while working in Cornwall and exhibiting in the St Ives 1939-64 Exhibition, that his work gained recognition and commercial success. His paintings during this time show outdoor scenes painted from life in the Cornwall landscapes. Following a solo exhibition in Geneva Henri Cartier-Bresson purchased some of his work.

Moving to France in the 1990's Yates again painted his local surroundings, in particular a small chapel in the woods near where he lived, called Saint-Sulpice. He was a very proactive artist, supporting other artists and working with them on their visits to his locale.

Fred Yates died in 2008, while on a return visit to England and is buried in a favourite spot in Cornwall. The Fred Yates Society promotes and preserves his work and he is now a well collected British artist. 


Fred Yates (1922-2008)

Fred Yates (1922-2008) 

Vaison, Provence

31 x 52cm / 51 x 72cm watercolour



Fred Yates was a well known and much loved British painter. He is very well collected and sought after and his works are represented in many private collections around the world. He lived and worked in Cornwall and came to fame as part of the St Ives 1939-64 Exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London. 

In the early 1990's Yates moved to France where he painted local scenes, one of his favourites being a small chapel in the woods just outside Rancon, called Saint-Sulpice. He continued to paint and travelled widely right up to his death in 2008. The Fred Yates Society was established to preserve and promote his work He is buried in Cornwall, overlooking St Michael's Mount.