The painter Anna Pugh (1938-) is admired as a colourist and story teller. Her paintings, like those of Richard Dadd and Frances Hodgkins, show the commonplace enlivened by touches of the surreal. Few artists equal her ability to record natural phenomena and to invigorate it with such persuasive illusion. They have the freshness and irreverent vitality of life lived close to nature. Her flowers, grasses and animals are as memorable as those in the Wilton Diptych, one of the National Gallery’s most loved exhibits.
In twenty years she has painted over 200 pictures, all in private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.
The context of Anna Pugh’s paintings and career is set out in an introduction by the critic Angus Stewart.