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

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Keith Vaughan Paintings and Drawings

Rural Landscape

Keith Vaughan: Rural Landscape, 1932

Interior with Figures (I)

Keith Vaughan: Interior with Figures (I), 1940

Soldier Listening to the Wireless

Keith Vaughan: Soldier Listening to the Wireless, 1940

Recruit Reading a Letter

Keith Vaughan: Recruit Reading a Letter, 1941

Potato Peeling

Keith Vaughan: Potato Peeling, 1942

Six Figures in a Tent

Keith Vaughan: Six Figures in a Tent, 1942

Tent Life

Keith Vaughan: Tent Life, 1942

The Working Party

Keith Vaughan: The Working Party, 1942

Landscape with Workmen and Stones

Keith Vaughan: Landscape with Workmen and Stones, 1943

Seligheit I

Keith Vaughan: Seligheit I, 1944

Standing Figure

Keith Vaughan: Standing Figure, 1944

An Orchard by the Railway

Keith Vaughan: An Orchard by the Railway, 1945

Standing Male Nude

Keith Vaughan: Standing Male Nude, 1945

Study Nude against a Blue Background

Keith Vaughan: Study Nude against a Blue Background, 1945

Orchard with Figure

Keith Vaughan: Orchard with Figure, 1948

Blast Furnace II

Keith Vaughan: Blast Furnace II, 1950

Blast Furnace III

Keith Vaughan: Blast Furnace III, 1950

Study for `Theseus and the Minotaur’

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

Three Drawings for Seated Figure

Keith Vaughan: Three Drawings for Seated Figure, 1950

Trees III

Keith Vaughan: Trees III, 1950

Fishermen and Bathers

Keith Vaughan: Fishermen and Bathers, 1951

Study for ‘Discovery: At the Beginning of Time’ (Cartoon)

Keith Vaughan: Study for ‘Discovery: At the Beginning of Time’ (Cartoon), 1951

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


Keith Vaughan: Poulgoazec, 1953

Study for ‘The Bar’

Keith Vaughan: Study for ‘The Bar’, 1953

Study for Figures in a Setting (3)

Keith Vaughan: Study for Figures in a Setting (3), 1953


Keith Vaughan: Acrobats, 1955

Wheelbarrow and Gardener

Keith Vaughan: Wheelbarrow and Gardener, 1955

Nude Against a Rock

Keith Vaughan: Nude Against a Rock, 1957


Keith Vaughan: Bather, 1958

Amacuzac – Group of Figures

Keith Vaughan: Amacuzac – Group of Figures, 1959


Keith Vaughan: Landscape, 1960

Seated Figure

Keith Vaughan: Seated Figure, 1963

Frogmen and Worbarrow

Keith Vaughan: Frogmen and Worbarrow, 1964

Two Bathers by a Pool

Keith Vaughan: Two Bathers by a Pool, 1968

Village After Sunset (2)

Keith Vaughan: Village After Sunset (2), 1968

Two Men

Keith Vaughan: Two Men, 1970

San Giorgio Bathers

Keith Vaughan: San Giorgio Bathers, 1970-71

Copse by Mortimers II

Keith Vaughan: Copse by Mortimers II, 1971-2

Out to Pasture

Keith Vaughan: Out to Pasture, 1973


Keith Vaughan: Self-portrait, c. 1940s

Study for ‘Discovery: At the Beginning of Time’

Keith Vaughan: Study for ‘Discovery: At the Beginning of Time’, c. 1950/51

Two Figures

Keith Vaughan: Two Figures, c. 1973

Nude on Bed

Keith Vaughan: Nude on Bed, c. early 1940s

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

Still Life with Fruit and Bottles

Keith Vaughan: Still Life with Fruit and Bottles, c.1961

Keith Vaughan Prints

Winter Landscape

Keith Vaughan: Winter Landscape, 1949

Festival Dancers

Keith Vaughan: Festival Dancers, 1951

Old Seaweed Hoist

Keith Vaughan: Old Seaweed Hoist, 1951

The Walled Garden

Keith Vaughan: The Walled Garden, 1951

Keith Vaughan Sculpture

Male Torso

Keith Vaughan: Male Torso, c. 1950s

Keith Vaughan Work on paper

Figures in a Tent

Keith Vaughan: Figures in a Tent, 1942