Prunella Clough 1919-1999

Prunella Clough was an English painter, draughtsman and printmaker. Born in 1919, she attended Chelsea School of Art in 1938 but became an engineer's draughtsman and mapper in 1940 when her studies were disturbed by the Second World War. The subject-matter of labour and the urban landscape characterises her early work, whereas from her later work she is largely regarded as an abstractionist. Clough introduced plant motifs into her urban scenes during the 1950s, and her style became much freer regarding scale and colour during the 1960s. She produced etchings, lithographs and paintings of dockers and fishermen in London, East Anglia and the Midlands industrial areas from 1946 to 1951. In 1999 she was awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize. Her work in included in the Deutsche Bank collection.