Painting, Relief, Collage and Drawing
3 May–30 June 2012
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.
This exhibition is the seventh one-person exhibition of her work at Annely Juda Fine Art who have represented her and her estate since 1989. It spans her career from the 1940s until the late 1990s prior to her death in 1999. It includes many previously unseen works that she had kept in her studio for her personal reference and collection.
The exhibition consists of paintings, collages, drawings and reliefs and they demonstrate the characteristic development of her work through her various influences - notably cubism and European abstraction. Her abstract works often use bright, contrasting colours and sometimes found objects. They reveal her continual and personal preoccupation with formal qualities – composition, colour and texture – and her delight in the edginess and abstraction of everyday objects and experiences.
Prunella Clough was born in London in 1919 – she studied at Chelsea School of Art and during the war worked as a draughts- man 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.