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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.

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

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, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

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, 1971 Clifton Pugh
Eric McIllree, 1971 Clifton Pugh
Eric McIllree, 1971 Clifton Pugh

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, 1956 Clifton Pugh
Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh
Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Clyde Cameron, 1974 Clifton Pugh
Clyde Cameron, 1974 Clifton Pugh
Clyde Cameron, 1974 Clifton Pugh

Clyde Cameron, 1974 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil on masonite

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

Sir Lindesay Clark, 1973 Clifton Pugh
Sir Lindesay Clark, 1973 Clifton Pugh
Sir Lindesay Clark, 1973 Clifton Pugh

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, 1962 Clifton Pugh
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, 1962 Clifton Pugh
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, 1962 Clifton Pugh

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, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

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, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic

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

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

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Jennifer Armstrong 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

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, 1958 Clifton Pugh

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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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.