Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground

Prints, drawings and photographs from the Aberystwyth collection provide new insight into the work of a renowned British painter.

Bringing fresh perspective on the legacy of a notoriously complex artist, Figure and Ground explores Keith Vaughan's career through the themes that inspired his work.

Vaughan first started exhibiting during the Second World War, striking up a close friendship with Graham Sutherland who inspired the young artist to take a neo classical approach to painting and led him to produce works that were broadly Romantic in spirit.

It wasn't until the late 1950s that Vaughan would develop his semi-abstractionist 'assemblies', works that would set him apart from his contemporaries and for which he has come to be best known. 

The exhibition charts Vaughan's artistic development with a neat display of some 50 pieces, chosen from nearly 500 items of work that are currently held at Aberystwyth University.

Core to the exhibition is Vaughan's preoccupation with the male figure and how he made use of pictorial space.

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Paying homage to Vaughan's diversity as an artist, the exhibition includes a range of different media; from drawings for some of his most important book illustration commissions to his experiments in print-making, as well as examples of his photography.

Fascinatingly, this part of the Aberystwyth collection has never been the subject of an exhibition before.

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

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10am – 5pm

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