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Prunella Clough is one of Britain's most respected painters and this year's recipient of the prestigious Jerwood Prize for painting. Her career has spanned five decades, from her first solo show at the Leger Galleries in 1947, to her recent exhibition at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, Clough's paintings frequently feature a single, identifiable urban or industrial motif within a softer, indeterminate background. 'Broken Gates' is one of several works painted between 1980 and 1982, featuring gates or wire mesh. Fascinated by the effect of man-made objects upon the land, here Clough has set gate motifs against a background of earth colours. The gates act as frames through which the industrial landscape can be imagined.

September 2004