Keith Vaughan

I went to an exhibition in Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Gallery called Keith Vaughan: A Volatile Medium.  

It was a brilliant exhibition, I really enjoyed Vaughan’s paintings and drawings.

They had a selection of drawings from his sketchbooks, as well as pencil drawings and paintings on paper.  Photo9233

I took pictures, but the art works were behind glass, so there was a lot of reflection.  He makes life drawings using mostly line and some tone.Photo9232

I really liked his experimentations with combinations of colourful gouache washes and inky line drawings.  The way he layers media is really dynamic and exciting.

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You can see above the way he experiments with ways of drawing the human form.  It is difficult to see from this picture, but the black line drawings on the blue area are human forms.

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Here are some more examples of how he makes drawings which observe line and shape and form, and then uses colour in an almost decorative way, blocking in areas with colour.

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I learned that Keith Vaughan used things like vinegar to mix with gouache, to make it bubble and create different effects.  I found the surfaces of his paintings fascinating because you could see the bubbles and the brush marks of how he had applied the media.

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His paintings are also interesting because some parts are solid blocks of colour and other parts are drawn in ink or painted in one colour, with a translucent layer of paint over the top.

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You can see in the image above, how interesting his use of colour is.  I think it is really effective the way he uses mostly dark colours, greys and browns, with white, and then he adds blues here and there which make the blues stand out so much.  Shape is very important in Vaughan’s drawings and paintings.

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You can see how interesting his compositions are in the images above and below.  His art work style is really inspiring.  Below is a good example of the subtle surface textures on his drawings.  In the top left and bottom right corners you can see smooth brush marks, and on the top right corner you can see marks where watery paint has been dabbed on.  You can also see bubbles in the paint, possibly from vinegar, or just frothy paints.

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Below is another example of the way Vaughan combines flat areas of colour with outlines of the human form, which creates strange interesting images.  They remind me of chalk hill figures.

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Exhibition information.

Exhibition information.

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