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Keith Vaughan CBE

Keith Vaughan CBE (1912-1977)

Born: Selsey Bill, Sussexcareer in advertising 1939
Served Pioneer Corps 1941-44
Shared studio with John Minton 1946-52
Travelled to Mediterranean, North Africa, Mexico and the USA from 1945
Taught at Camberwell School of Art 1946-8
Taught at Central School of Arts and Crafts 1948-57
Resident artist at Iowa State University 1959
Visiting lecturer Slade School of Fine Art 1959-77
Honorary Fellow of the RAC 1964
Awarded a CBE 1965


Keith Vaughan's first solo show of drawings was at the Lefevre Gallery in 1942, followed by another of oil paintings in 1946. He continued to exhibit at the Lefevre until 1952 and established himself as a successful artist in Britain and abroad and was represented in many group shows.exhibitions of his work include the Whitechapel in 1962 with the Arts Council in 1962 and the University of York in 1970; the Mappin Art Gallery in Sheffield also held a memorial show.
His works are held in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery. Commissioned work included murals for the Festival of Britain, 1951, and a series of lithographs for Rimbaud's 'Une Saison en Enfer'.


Robertson, Bryan 1962 'Keith Vaughan: Retrospective Exhibition' March - April, Whitechapel Gallery: LondonParadise Lost: The Neo-Romantic Imagination in Britain, 1935-55 (exh. cat., ed. D. Mellor; London, Barbican A.G., 1987)

M. Yorke: The Spirit of the Place: Nine Neo-Romantic Artists and their Times (London, 1988), pp. 225-84, passim
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996