Prunella Clough is widely appreciated as one of the most
significant British artists of the post-war period. Clough's work
is distinctive and private and yet always responsive to what was
going on around her - artistically and visually. Her early work is
characterised by the proletarian subject-matter of labour and the
urban landscape described within a narrow tonal range. Towards the
end of her life she became regarded largely as an abstractionist,
but her work always retained a figurative base, as if form had been
filtered through memory.
Prunella Clough was born in London in 1919 - she studied at
Chelsea School of Art and during the war worked as a draughtsman of
maps and charts. She was a highly influential artist and teacher to
the post-war generation. In 1999, three months before her death,
she won the prestigious Jerwood painting prize. In 2007 she had a
major exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London.