Keith Vaughan 1912-1977

John Keith Vaughan (23 August 1912 – 4 November 1977) was a British painter.

Born in Selsey, Vaughan attended Christ’s Hospital school. He worked in an advertising agency until the war, when as an intending conscientious objector he joined the St John’s Ambulance; in 1941 he was conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps. Vaughan was self-taught as an artist. His first exhibitions took place during the war. In 1942 he was stationed at Ashton Gifford near Codford in Wiltshire, and paintings from this time include The Wall at Ashton Gifford (Manchester Art Gallery).

Also during the war Vaughan formed friendships with the painters Graham Sutherland and John Minton, with whom after demobilization in 1946 he shared premises. Through these contacts he formed part of the Neo-Romantic circle of the immediate post-war period. However, Vaughan rapidly developed an idiosyncratic style which moved him away from the Neo-Romantics. Concentrating on studies of male figures, his works became increasingly abstract.... read more

Keith Vaughan Recent Exhibition Catalogue Recent Exhibition Catalogue

Keith Vaughan Paintings and Drawings

Tent Life

Keith Vaughan: Tent Life, 1942

Seligheit I

Keith Vaughan: Seligheit I, 1944

An Orchard by the Railway

Keith Vaughan: An Orchard by the Railway, 1945

Study for `Theseus and the Minotaur’

Keith Vaughan: Study for `Theseus and the Minotaur’, 1950

Theseus and the Minotaure (Interior at Minos or Theseus)

Keith Vaughan: Theseus and the Minotaure (Interior at Minos or Theseus), 1950

Three Drawings for Seated Figure

Keith Vaughan: Three Drawings for Seated Figure, 1950

Trees III

Keith Vaughan: Trees III, 1950

Man with a Chair

Keith Vaughan: Man with a Chair, 1952/1953

Demolished Houses in St John’s Wood

Keith Vaughan: Demolished Houses in St John’s Wood, 1953

Road to the Sea (Foreshore)

Keith Vaughan: Road to the Sea (Foreshore), 1953-1958


Keith Vaughan: Acrobats, 1955

Untitled (Standing Youth with a Shirt)

Keith Vaughan: Untitled (Standing Youth with a Shirt), 1958

Seated Figure

Keith Vaughan: Seated Figure, 1963

Untitled (Three Figures)

Keith Vaughan: Untitled (Three Figures), 1963

Group of Figures at Ait-Kassam

Keith Vaughan: Group of Figures at Ait-Kassam, 1965

North African Scene

Keith Vaughan: North African Scene, 1965

Night Bathers

Keith Vaughan: Night Bathers, 1966

Two Bathers by a Pool

Keith Vaughan: Two Bathers by a Pool, 1968

Maze of Figures

Keith Vaughan: Maze of Figures, 1970

Two Men

Keith Vaughan: Two Men, 1970

The Fruit Picker

Keith Vaughan: The Fruit Picker, c.1948

Sheet with Three Studies

Keith Vaughan: Sheet with Three Studies, c.1949

Female Nude in Interior

Keith Vaughan: Female Nude in Interior, c.1950