VAUGHAN, KEITH

Keith Vaughan   British 1912-1976

Keith Vaughan, painter, draughtsman and teacher. Born in Selsey Bill,Sussex. He worked for Lintas an advertising agency 1931-39. With war looming he decided to study art for a year and registered as a conscientious objector but he later joined the Pioneer corps. Keith Vaughan was placed in a prisoner of war camp in Yorkshire as a German interpreter until demobilisation in 1947 .It was during the war that Vaughan came into contact with the Neo-Romantic painters such as Sutherland and John Minton who influenced his work. In 1942 Keith Vaughan exhibited drawings at the Lefevre Gallery, London and paintings in his first solo show at the same gallery in 1946. In 1946-52 he shared a flat with fellow artist John Minton later moving to Belsize Park. He supplemented his income by teaching. He taught at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts 1948-57,  Central School of Art  48-57, and from 1954 taught at the Slade. He travelled extensively and became a resident artist in Iowa State University in 1959.

He began keeping journals in 1939 and returned to them intermittently. An illustrated selection was first published in 1966 ‘Keith Vaughan’s Journals’. Vaughan’s main interest is the male nude in landscape. In 1962 he had a major retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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