Keith Vaughan, Figure and Ground
Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) was one of the most celebrated British artists of his generation. A friend of Graham Sutherland in the 1940s he was associated during the war with the rising Neo-Romantic movement along with artists such as John Minton and John Craxton. A contemporary of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, Vaughan became, with them, representative of powerful figure-based painting in the Britain of the 1950s and ’60s.
Figure and Ground, both as exhibition and book, brings together two themes that preoccupied Vaughan – the human figure and landscape. It contains three essays based on new research on Vaughan and his times: on drawing and illustration by Colin Cruise, on photography by Simon Pierse and on prints by Robert Meyrick and Harry Heuser.