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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

Clifton Pugh

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil and enamel on hardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tom Uren's family 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974

Fred Williams
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lyn Williams AM 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Eric McIllree
Eric McIllree
Eric McIllree

Eric McIllree, 1971

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Janice McIllree 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Kate Hattam
Kate Hattam
Kate Hattam

Kate Hattam, 1956

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on board

Purchased 2006

Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries, 1958

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 1998. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Clyde Cameron
Clyde Cameron
Clyde Cameron

Clyde Cameron, 1974

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Clyde Cameron 2012

Sir Lindesay Clark
Sir Lindesay Clark
Sir Lindesay Clark

Sir Lindesay Clark, 1973

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alcoa World Alumina Australia 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix

Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, 1962

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969

Mark Strizic
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil.
David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil.
David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil.

David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil., 1959

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of Jennifer Armstrong 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Barry Humphries

Clifton Pugh

Australians
Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

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