Prunella Clough : ‘…have to keep pushing stones up hills’

Available to view in the gallery 12 - 30 April 2021

This past year has been one like no other. For most of the year we have been closed and all the gallery staff have been working from home. We have adapted to an online world, to be creative as never before, to maintain our profile and most importantly to stay in touch with our clients.
We have completely redesigned our website and made the experience more enjoyable and interactive with added video content, virtual tours and viewing rooms. We also use many of the online art platforms like Artsy and Artnet and also social media more than ever before. Like everyone we seem to spend our days on Zoom, Teams, Skype, WhatsApp and the good old-fashioned landline. However, we have been acutely aware of online overload and try not to inundate you with too many emails and newsletters.
Last year we created virtual tours of three exhibitions in the gallery which we managed to install in spite of all the restrictions. These were Nash and Nevinson: Impressions of War and Peace, a virtual tour of our Modern British exhibition, followed late last year with Sean Henry: Waiting for the Sun.
Now with greater clarity around the lockdown restrictions we will start our 2021 programme with a group of works by Prunella Clough which we will hang in the gallery and initially present as a ‘virtual exhibition’.

The Keith Vaughan expert Gerard Hastings was also a great friend of the artist and we have asked him to write about her life and work. He has more than fulfilled his brief and for the first time we will be showing images, not only of her work but also of some of the sources that informed and inspired her; decaying walls, flaking paint, discarded concrete with metal reinforcements protruding, rusted and abandoned machinery, electrical circuits and market stalls on the North End Road near her Fulham home. Pru, as we her friends knew her, had what I can only describe as a perceptive peripheral vision; she could always see beauty in the urban landscape and compositional harmony in the seemingly mundane. Gerard’s writing offers us a wonderful insight into her artistic mind and her painting.

The works in the exhibition will be installed in the gallery and can be viewed online from 29th March. We now know that we can officially reopen by appointment on Monday 12th April. We very much look forward to seeing you again soon in the gallery where, needless to say, we will follow all the protocols for your personal safety and that of our staff.

Installation Photographs

Barrels in a Yard

Prunella Clough: Barrels in a Yard, c.1955

Bone Drawing

Prunella Clough: Bone Drawing, 1949

Broken Vane

Prunella Clough: Broken Vane, 1994

Chemical Works II

Prunella Clough: Chemical Works II, 1959

Chinese Chequers

Prunella Clough: Chinese Chequers, 1989

Cord 2

Prunella Clough: Cord 2, 1995

Deserted Gravel Pit

Prunella Clough: Deserted Gravel Pit, c.1946

Fancy Goods Two

Prunella Clough: Fancy Goods Two, 1992

Industrial Interior 4

Prunella Clough: Industrial Interior 4, 1959

Lorry with Ladder I

Prunella Clough: Lorry with Ladder I, c.1952

Manhole II

Prunella Clough: Manhole II, 1952

Mesh 3

Prunella Clough: Mesh 3, 1981

Oblique I

Prunella Clough: Oblique I, 1978

Study for Sea Composition

Prunella Clough: Study for Sea Composition, 1940

Trellis

Prunella Clough: Trellis, 1991

Untitled 2

Prunella Clough: Untitled 2, 1967