Born in Sussex in 1912, Keith Vaughan was a self-taught painter, draughtsman, designer, and writer. In the 1940s, with his friends John Minton and Graham Sutherland, he was one of the leading exponents of Neo-Romanticism. His later work, in which he concentrated on the theme of the male nude in a landscape setting, became grander and more simplified, moving towards idiosyncratic abstraction. These more abstract works still maintained a sense of the figures he had worked with previously, and have a dynamic sense of the body contained in their expansive brushstrokes and panes of colour.
Much of Vaughan’s life and work is known through his extensive journals and diaries, partially published in the Sixties and in full posthumously. A gay man troubled by his sexuality, Vaughan took his own life in 1977 after being diagnosed with cancer in 1975.
Keith Vaughan’s work is held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, MIMA, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and the National Trust, amongst many others.
Exhibitions at Gallagher & Turner:
101 Years of British Art
15 September - 21 October 2017