"Her subjects are closely observed details and scenes from the landscape. The images are combined and filtered through memory, and evolve through a slow process of layering and re-working."
Born on 11 November 1919 in Chelsea, London to an affluent upper middle-class family, she was initially educated privately by her father, the poet Eric Taylor, before enrolling at the Chelsea School of Art (now Chelsea College of Art and Design) in 1937. Her aunt was Irish designer Eileen Gray.
Apart from wartime service, she painted full-time until her death in 1999, supplementing her income with lecturing posts at the Chelsea and Wimbledon Schools of Art. Clough painted the industrial landscapes of post-WWII Britain.
- The City of London Midsummer Prize (1977)
- The £30,000 Jerwood Prize for painting (1999)
- She declined an OBE in 1968 and a CBE in 1979.
- Leger Gallery (1947)
- Roland, Browse and Delblanco (1949)
- Leicester Galleries (1953)
- Whitechapel Gallery, London (1960) (this was her first retrospective)
- Grosvenor Gallery (1964, 1968)
- Sheffield (1972)
- Serpentine (1976)
- Perth, Western Australia (1974)
- Edinburgh (1976)
- Aberdeen (1981)
- Hiroshima (1988)
- the Olympia (2004, retrospective)
- Tate Gallery (2007, retrospective)
She died on 26 December 1999, aged 80, following a battle with cancer.
"Painting is like throwing oneself into the sea to learn to swim" (Édouard Manet) - often quoted in interviews by Clough
- Prunella Clough, Banks, R. (Ed.) (2003, London, Annely Juda Fine Art), ISBN 1-870280-99-7
- Sunday Telegraph, Issue #2396, 13 May 2007, Arts Section, Graham-Dixon, A., Heart of Industry
- Who's Who, 1971, p. 611, ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
- Adams, Peter. Eileen Gray: A Biography. London: Thames and Hudson, 1987,p. 9.
- Debrett's People of Today, 1992, p. 390, ISBN 1-870520-09-2
- Prunella Clough, Tufnell, B. (Ed) (2007, London, Tate Publishing), ISBN 978-1-85437-699-2
- Overview of Clough's achievements [ dead link ]
- "The painting prize that got it right", The Telegraph dated 22 September 1999, published by Telegraph Media Group Limited. Article accessed on 23 November 2013.
- Prunella Clough : a retrospective exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, September - October 1960. Whitechapel Art Gallery. 1960. OCLC 10856536.
- Artist WebSite
- Tate Gallery exhibitions