Prunella Clough was born in London and studied at Chelsea School of Art. She had her first solo exhibition at the Leger Galleries in 1947 and three retrospective exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1960, the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield in 1972 and the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh in 1976. Clough finds her subjects in the urban industrial landscape. Instead of making sketches on the spot she scrutinises particular motifs committing them to memory. Occasionally Clough takes photographs of aspects of the urban scene but these are not translated directly into paint. She likes to mix ash, sand or similar materials with her paints to give her pictures a sense of gritty strength.