George Always: Portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling
ENDS on 31 May 2009
The exhibition celebrates this most colourful son of Liverpool: jazz performer, surrealist, comic, raconteur, critic and author – “Good Time George”.
Consisting of more than 20 paintings and drawings, most previously unseen by the public, including ink drawings from life, oil paintings executed during his final days and a series of portraits painted after his death from memory and imagination. The exotic nature of her subject has inspired this rich, compelling celebration.
George came from a well-known Liverpool family and remained a frequent visitor to the city throughout his life, actively supporting the arts.
Maggi Hambling and George Melly were the closest of friends. He said she would go down in art history as Maggi (Coffin) Hambling, referring to her practise of drawing and painting people on their deathbeds and afterwards.
The most notable were the series featuring her father and her muse, Henrietta Moraes – shown simultaneously in London in 2001 to great critical acclaim.