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Clifton Pugh thrived on the political scene, playing a major role in the development of the Australian Labor Party's arts policy. His portrait of Labor leader Gough Whitlam won the Archibald in 1972, following success in 1971 with Country Party boss Sir John McEwan and in 1965 with newspaper executive R.A.G. Henderson. Pugh was also appointed to the Australia Council for the Arts, but resigned after a year.
With Brian Westwood, Pugh was the Australian War Memorial's official artist at the 75th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing at Anzac Cove in 1990.
Clifton Ernest Pugh was born on
In 1951 he bought a tract of bush near
The success of his first solo show, featuring landscape and portraiture at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery in 1957, encouraged him onto a career which saw him winning many prizes and being represented in the National Gallery of
Pugh married three times, to June Byford, Marlene Harvey and Judith Ley, and died in October, 1990, having set up the Dunmoochin Foundation to preserve the bushland and enable other artists to use the studios.