Wayne Clough - Artist
“…an artist must be aware of the world and the society which he or she is part of.
…Painting is not a game, not something you do just for fun; it comes with a responsibility that I take very seriously.” Wilhelm Sasnal

My practice aims to comment on historical and political events that occur beyond the studio. Whilst investigating what it means to be making work as a contemporary British painter, I also wish to examine representations of lived experience and take stock of how capturing a moment can culminate in the construction of historical narratives. Through painting I wish to explore how an image may act as testimony to both past and recent events and in doing so, try to understand what is meant by collective memory.

Wayne Clough was born in Bradford in 1975 and attended Bradford College and Wimbledon School of Art London.

Notable exhibitions include:

The Ruskin Prize 2019, The Holden Gallery Manchester; Made in Britian, The National Gallery of Gdansk 2019; Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2018; John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool; BP Portrait Award 2014, National Portrait Gallery London; John Moores Painting Prize 2012, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.


Other exhibitions include:
MA show Wimbledon School of Art 2005; Painting to Music, The Music Room London 2005; The Triumph of Panting, The Music room 2006; Whatever happened to the Leipzig Lads? (Curator with James McMeakin) Waterloo Gallery London 2006; Histories (curator with James McMeakin), Foss Fine Art London 2008; Rhizomatic Departure Gallery Southall 2010; Royal Watercolour Society Open, Bankside Gallery London 2011; Creekside Open (selectors Phyllida Barlow, Dexter Dalwood), APT Gallery London 2011; Group Show Alma Enterprises, Southwark London 2013; Crash Open Charlie Dutton Gallery 2014; Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age The Crypt 2015; London 2.0 Galerie Stephane Biesenbach, Cologne 2015; Contemporary Painting Group Show Blackhorse Road Studios, 2015; Summer Show, Studio 1.1 2016; Machine Flight, Group Show, Pictorem Gallery 2016; Human Stain, Studio 1.1 2017.

500 Portraits 25 Years of the BP Portrait Award.