Prunella Clough

Prunella Clough is an artist who is well known for her abstract paintings of urban landscapes. She sometimes incorporated gritty materials such as sand into her paintings to give a ‘real feel’ for want of a better expression. It is refreshing to find a woman creating this sort of work in a field usually dominated by men. She would observe a scene and remember it before attempting to recreate it from memory. I think that is a really interesting way of producing abstract work as you would also be expressing your own emotion through certain aspects ie: colour.


This is a painting that I’ve taken from the TATE website. It is called ‘By the canal’ (1976), and I like the subdued colours in it and the marks that look like stitch. One block of colour looks as though it has been anchored to the other with stitch.