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Nothing that I do is abstract. I can locate all the ingredients of a painting in the richness of the outside world, the world of
perception. Prunella Clough
But I think in my case not having had an art school training means that I continue to be fascinated by quite simple technical discoveries that an art student may be taught in his first year. Keith Vaughan
Prunella Clough and Keith Vaughan were leading painters and teachers of the post-war period and close friends for over thirty-five years. They had a profound effect on the next generation of abstract and figurative painters. This exhibition, for the first time, explores the nature of the friendship that these two very different artists shared. Their working methods were surprisingly similar yet their paintings could not have been more different.
An exhibition curated by Gerard Hastings and David Evans. Hastings knew Clough during the 1980s and ’90s and has written several books on Vaughan. Various surviving friends of both painters, have also assisted in the organisation of this project. Now in their eighties, these contributors are each eager to share their memories and recollections of Clough and Vaughan, and have lent work from their private collections – including oil paintings, gouaches, drawings, prints and memorabilia. The result is an exhibition of over 120 works, painted over a period of sixty years, from collections in the UK, Paris and the USA.
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A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints from 1953-2014.
Following a spectacular time at art schools at Bolton, Manchester, The Slade and Paris, and with great critical acclaim from the press, Carolyn Stafford was "knocked sideways" by the birth of her disabled daughter in 1963. Although this affected her professionally for a number of years, she returned to teaching and exhibiting in the early 1970s and has amassed a great amount of work. She has exhibited in England and abroad including The John Moores Exhibition Liverpool, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and other major group shows. She is exhibiting over 100 paintings, drawings and prints at the Menier Gallery from May 7th-17th.
Although some of her early work was of backstreets with washing, she was more influenced by the Lancashire moors. Born on the edge of the Pennines at Moorside Avenue, Bolton, she was fascinated by the view from her house of Lomax’s wife’s plantation which she has painted many times. Later she was influenced by the stained glass in the Sainte Chapelle in Paris.
On display will be early works of Lancashire, landscapes of many places including Britain, France, Russia and Egypt, plant and flower studies from Tresco Abbey Gardens and Inverewe and sketchbooks.
Her paintings are in the Government Art Collection, and in The Slade and University College Collection, and can be viewed under the name Cynthia Carolyn Stafford on the BBC's page 'Your Paintings'. Carolyn is still working and also holds a weekly class for a small group of students.
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