Clifton Pugh is an iconic Australian artist and environmentalist. In 1954, he travelled across the Nullarbor with his friend Noel Macainsh, realising:
“the boundless extent of a land, paradoxically both harsh and delicate, together with the illimitable space above it.”
This perception of the land as a vessel for time, humanity and spirituality underlies both his art and environmentalism. Three years before visiting the Nullarbor, Pugh purchased land at Cottles Bridge, the eventual site of the artist’s community ‘Dunmoochin’. Instrumental in Australia’s conservation movement, the Dunmoochins worked to regenerate the land, witnessing first hand the degradation caused by feral animals.
In ‘Untitled’ Pugh’s reverence for the land is clear. In a sunbaked setting, he draws desert debri: rocks and scratchy plants literate across caramelised mounds. Fellow artist James Gleeson once described Pugh’s bushland as a battlefield between native and introduced species. While tranquility reigns in ‘Untitled’, there remains something inscrutable about the land. It is alien and all-encompassing.
Across his career, Pugh won the Archibald Prize twice, was made an Officer of Order of Australia in 1985 and in 1990 was appointed Australia’s War Memorial’s official artist at the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Gallipoli landing. His contributions to art were uncompromising, unique and bracing.
Clifton PUGH (1924 - 1990)
Edition of 90
Image Size: 44 x 60 cm
Dimensions: 53 x 75 cm
Signed: Signed and editioned in margin below image.
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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