Clifton Pugh: 20 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Clifton Ernest Pugh AO, (17 December 1924 – 14 October 1990) was an Australian performer and three-time winner of Australia’s Archibald Prize. One of Australia’s most Famous and successful painters, Pugh was strongly influenced by German Expressionism, and was known for his landscapes and portraiture. Important early intervention exhibitions append The Antipodeans, the exhibition for which Bernard Smith drafted a manifesto in support of Australian symbolic painting, an exhibition in which Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Charles Blackman showed; a joint exhibition afterward Barry Humphries, in which the two responded to Dadaism; and Group of Four at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery similar to Pugh, John Howley, Don Laycock and Lawrence Daws.

Pugh was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1985 for sustain to Australian Art. In 1990 he was appointed as the Australian War Memorial’s endorsed artist at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Gallipoli landing.

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