Prunella Clough

English (1919 - 1999)
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Biography

Born 1919
Died 1999
Nationality English
Birth place London

A painter, printmaker and draughtsman, Prunella Clough’s main subject was the urban and industrial landscape of Britain. Clough studied at Chelsea School of Art in London before working as a draughtsman during the Second World War, drawing charts and maps for the War Office. From the late 1940s to 1950s, she drew and painted labourers in her home city of London, as well as depicting fishermen from East Anglia and workers in the industrialised Midlands. Her later work was more varied in colour and scale. Clough viewed her work as landscape, being influenced not only by urban and industrial scenes but also by the materials and colours of industry. In this way, her work treads the line between figuration and abstraction. Clough won the Jerwood Prize in 1999.