BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in:  Entertainment
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Showbiz 
Music 
Film 
Arts 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Reviews 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Wednesday, 22 September, 1999, 09:23 GMT 10:23 UK
Top prize for art world recluse
Land and Shail by Prunella Clough
Prunella Clough's work has "a reticence about it'', say judges
One of the most prestigious prizes in British painting has been won by a reclusive 80-year-old woman from west London.

Prunella Clough, once described as "the best kept secret in British art", was awarded the 30,000 Jerwood Painting Prize at a ceremony in London.

The artist has been painting since 1949, but this is the first time she has won an award for her work.

The Jerwood prize is the most valuable awarded to a single artist in the UK.

Prunella Clough's early paintings feature urban and industrial landscapes, but have become more abstract over the years.

Prunella Clough
Prunella Clough: Reward for "lifetime's grafting"
She is little known among the general public, but highly revered by her fellow painters.

Dr Judith Collins of the Tate Gallery, one of this year's judges, said: ''Her paintings have a reticence about them. They have a quietness, and then they suddenly come up and catch you by the heel.

"She likes black bin liners at the moment and bits of lino that have fallen off the back of lorries - odd, urban subject matter.

'Hermit-like existence'

"She once said: 'I like to say a small thing edgily'."

Dr Collins said the artist had chosen a "hermit-like existence".

True to her shy and unassuming reputation, the artist slipped away after the ceremony at the Jerwood Gallery on Tuesday, refusing to be interviewed about her success.

But she did say that the prize was reward "for a lifetime's grafting".

The Jerwood Foundation was established in 1977 to promote the arts, while the Jerwood Painting Prize competition is now in its sixth year.

Prunella Clough's work is on show at the Jerwood Gallery until 24 October 1999.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Video
The BBC's Nick Higham: ''She has never won a prize before, but it seems she approves of them in principle''
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories