|Sun on breaking summer waves Maggi Hambling Oil on Canvas 10 x 14 inches|
'I don't have much memory of being born,but the experience of seeing great painting for the first time remains with me to this day. I couldn't believe that cows or clouds, woods or dogs, trees or land could be made so real with paint. Or that so much activity could take place on such a small scale, within a gold frame. This childhood encounter was exciting and mysterious.
'Experiencing another reality, apart from life (but of life), had a profound effect on my decision to become an artist'
Recently Maggi has donated the painting above to Gainsborough's House, and it is being raffled to raise funds for the future development of the museum. As many of you know there are ambitious plans afoot to transform the current site. The aim is to create a venue that will meet the demands of the 21st century visitor, contribute more to the life of Sudbury, and inspire a whole new generation of artists. I will be writing about this in more detail in the months to come.
The raffle is being organised by NADFAS. Tickets are £20 each.
In order to take part you should send your name and address plus a cheque or other payment details to Eden Ryder, NADFAS House, 8 Guilford Street, London WC!N 1 DA with an stamped addressed envelope by 4th December. Mark your envelope 'Maggi Hambling'. You should indicate whether or not you wish NADFAS to share your details with Gainsborough's House.