New Zealand born artist, Prue Mac Dougall studied printmaking at the Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction in 1985 and was awarded the Auckland University Annual Prize of Excellence in Fine Arts in the same year. Since then Prue has travelled extensively, developing her art practice through close examination of master works in galleries and museums in Europe, the UK and the USA and participating in postgraduate study at international art schools.
Prue's art practice has always operated like a metaphorical stage in which she contrives whimsical tableau to reflect her personal life experiences and the intriguing dynamics of human relationships. Her compositions echo the haunting imagery of Kentridge, Goya, Rego and, to a lesser extent, Piranesi. Prue acknowledges being inspired by these master printmakers, but it is their application of chiaroscuro and theatrical drama as a means to evoke emotional response that primarily interests her.
Achievements and awards:
Selected for the Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery Tasmania 2016.
Selected for the Print Council of Australia Print Commission for 2015.
One of the Finalists of the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award November, 2015.This award is our country’s most valuable, acquisitive cash award for New Zealand artists in the fields of painting and printmaking.
August 2012: Winner of the 32rd Mini Print International of Cadaques Spain. Part of the award is that the winner is invited to have a solo show in the Taller Galeria Fort and also be part of the Jury for the following years call.
Winner of the Mini Print International Award Asia Pacific 2011 No Vacancy Gallery Melbourne Australia.