Maggi Hambling

2016

2016

In Tate Britain

Artist
Maggi Hambling born 1945
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2135 x 1827 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist in honour of Maria Balshaw 2018
Reference
T15037

Display caption

2016 depicts a boat sinking below the surface of the ocean. The seascape viewed from above mimics a photograph captured from a hovering press helicopter. Hambling painted this work in response to media images of asylum seekers drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. ‘I kept seeing pictures… Boats were being abandoned by the traffickers and left to drift and disappear,’ she recalled. Hambling made the work over the course of 2016.

Gallery label, May 2019

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