Archived exhibition
4th Floor Gallery

Prunella Clough
Unseen Reliefs, Drawings and Prints

18 September–16 October 2003

An important group of previously unseen reliefs by the painter Prunella Clough will be exhibited at Annely Juda Fine Art from 18 September - 16 October. As her work was so rarely seen in public galleries during her lifetime she was regularly referred to as ‘The best kept secret in British Art’ by critics, collectors and artists. Born in Chelsea in 1919, she exhibited at irregular intervals for over five decades and was an inspiration to many of her fellow artists and students whom she taught at Chelsea and Wimbledon Art Colleges.

She has been described as ‘one of the country’s most consistent, daring and inventive painters’. She was a woman of her time and in the 50s and 60s made her mark in the male dominated British art world and in doing so was an example to other women artists like, Bridget Riley, who followed.

As she fiercely guarded her privacy, the group of 37 reliefs were only discovered in her studio after her death on Boxing Day 1999.They encapsulate her desire to say a ‘small thing said rather edgily’ and derive from the urban detritus that surrounds us and was a constant source of stimulation to her work. They show her eagle eye at work distilling poetry from the mundane. It was almost as if she decided to bring these found objects as the starting points for paintings into the studio - but then thought that they were beautiful enough in themselves. They did not require any further interpretation but simply to be juxtaposed and balanced - or off-balanced as each required.

The reliefs will be shown in the context of a retrospective selection of her works on paper – including drawings, collage, watercolours, monotypes and other prints.