Prunella Clough is among Britain's most esteemed artists. Her work examines subjects that are typically understood as artless, such as factory work or the desolate urban landscape. She then filters this through her prism of memory, scraping and chipping away at the canvas until it bears traces of recollection, perception and subjectivity.
Clough is also known for her irreverent attitude. As well as refusing an OBE in 1968 and a CBE in 1979, she also gave her last lot of prize money to other artists, adding to scholarships she had founded anonymously. This act of unexpectedness reflects her practice, which in Clough’s words was to say “a small thing edgily”.
A widely collected, awarded and exhibited artist, Clough was celebrated in 2007 with a retrospective at Tate. Her vision for art and life continues to inspire and fascinate, unearthing unexpected grace in the most unlikely of spaces.