Keith Vaughan

September, 1956 by Keith Vaughan

Keith Vaughan was a British painter, writer and, early in his career, a key figure in post-war Neo-Romanticism. His later, highly individual work, was concerned with the figure in the landscape and his style hovered midway between abstraction and figuration.

Born in Sussex, the largely self-taught artist gave up a career in advertising in 1939 to pursue painting full time. His style combined a sensual application with a vibrant, colourful palette and a formal use of composition.

Vaughan was also an influential teacher who taught at Camberwell School of Art, the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Slade School of Fine Art.

Major retrospectives of Vaughan’s work were held at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1962, the University of York in 1970 and a centenary retrospective exhibition took place at Pallant House, Chichester in 2012. His work is represented in major public collections in the UK.