Keith Vaughan: The 'Graffiti' Drawings, Abbott & Holder, London 2009

Gerard Hastings


Rare. Few copies left. Published to accompany an exhibition of Vaughan’s ‘Grafitti’ [sic] drawings exhibition held at Abbott and Holder Gallery, London in 2009. It contains a short introduction to the work and includes previously unpublished images of some of Vaughan’s male nudes and erotic drawings. Very few copies were printed for the exhibition and so this is a rare publication. Fully illustrated throughout with 23 colour reproductions of monotone drawings.

His final drawings give voice to Keith’s complex sexuality and his refined artistic vision. They are wonderfully evocative and masterfully concise. For me they’re some of the finest things that Keith produced – distilled rather like Beethoven’s late quartets or Eliot’s best poems – seemingly effortless yet packed with significance. There’s such an economy of means – a few lines express an entire biography or a complex persona. Keith drew to work out his passions and make his emotional requirements concrete. Most are terribly personal and so very moving in their honesty; they’re concerned with basic and often brutal human truths and examine complicated inter-relationships – what more can one ask of an artist?’ (Professor John Ball).



  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 28
  • Publisher: Abbott & Holder Gallery
  • Size: 14.4 x 10.5 cm


  • Essay: Gerard Hastings, Keith Vaughan: The ‘Grafitti’ Drawings
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