Artist loved exotica of ordinary

The Jerwood Gallery is set to hold an exhibition to showcase the work of prominent British artist Prunella Clough in April.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 2:22 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:01 am
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Clough, who died in 1999, was Intrigued by overlooked and ignored spaces and saw the exotic in motorway hard shoulders and puddles on a desolate beach.

Now a new retrospective of her work is being staged by the Jerwood Gallery, celebrating Clough’s early industrial and later experimental works in a new exhibition called Unknown Countries. It opens on April 23.

“We are highlighting the two major elements of her artistic practice,” explains Jerwood Gallery Director, Liz Gilmore. “For Undiscovered Countries we’ve sourced works from right across her career, with the earliest piece from 1944, to one that she completed two years before she died in 1999.

“Effectively, the exhibition encapsulates fifty years of her output.

“Appropriately for the gallery located on Hastings’ Stade, amongst the fishing boats and net huts of the historic Old Town, key works on display will include Fishermen with Sprats, Trawl Net and Fisherman Carrying Tarpaulin representing her early fishing works.

“She was an individual, unique, and endlessly experimental artist and deserves to be better known and appreciated today.”

Clough enrolled at the Chelsea School of Art in 1937 and from there, became a full-time artist. Wartime service was the only interruption in what would become a much-lauded career.

Shortly before she died, Clough won the prestigious Jerwood Painting Prize.

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