Vaughan learnt to use charcoal in 1960 when he asked his student Mario Dubsky, who was working extensively with it at the time, if he would demonstrate some of its more subtle qualities and techniques. He subsequently produced a series of large, finely worked charcoal drawings and then returned to the medium from time to time, since it afforded rapid and expressive execution. Two Men is a later, erotic drawing which relates to Vaughan’s Erotic Fantasies. He referred to these usually quite graphic images as his ‘Grafitti Drawings’, in his inimitably dyslexic way. They were usually made late at night and explore various aspects of human relationships. Never intending to have them exhibited, Vaughan carefully dated and then stored them in specially labelled folders in his studio. Ten days before making this drawing Vaughan wrote in his journal: ‘It is, of course, fashionable though it may be rather absurd to hope that sexual activities can be the most important part of the life of a man of 58 (me). Nevertheless I confine myself to try to make it work.’ (Keith Vaughan, Journal, March 2, 1970).
the artist’s estate; Agnew’s, London from where acquired by John Constable, May 1999
British Art 1900-1998, Agnew's. Old Bond St. London, 30 September - 6 October 1998 No.113, illustrated in the catalog
Malcom York, Keith Vaughan Journals 1939-1977, 1966 Illustrated page 214