There was bad feeling and a lot of distance between
Now, a decade after his death, the families have come together to mark Vaughan's life and work with his first retrospective exhibition, thanks in part to the intervention of musician
"After all our work to get the paintings together, this finally is some sort of closure for us all," said Frost, at the opening of the show in north
Vaughan's colourful, psychedelic style remains familiar from many of the defining images of
Davies, the frontman of the band, encouraged Frost to put on the exhibition when she told him that her father had painted the multicoloured Buick on the album cover. He went on to co-curate the show and to offer it space in the community art gallery below Konk, his recording studio in Crouch End.
Speaking at the opening to Vaughan's assembled family and friends, Davies said: "The idea of the 1960s, the way it happened, was a cumulative thing. It wasn't about just the Beatles or the Kinks, it was about lots of people doing things differently, like David did. He made a real contribution and people should get to know this art, if they don't already."
The gallery, a small-scale local venue, was the right place for Vaughan's work, he said, because he had worked in that independent and unfussy way.
At the height of his powers Vaughan was painting murals, furniture and posters that were to become collectors' pieces, bought by
"He really liked working with people and he would visit schools and social clubs, anywhere that need the work," said Frost. "It was the birth of the community mural. My dad hated celebrity and the whole business side of the art world."
Frost, a film and stage actress and clothes designer, has been working on a documentary about her father that follows his career from art school in
"All my childhood I remember crawling around under canvases and seeing my dad's art all around me," said Frost, whose mother,
Frost and her half-brothers by Vaughan's third wife, Anne, made a selection of important works for the show. "We had to just choose the stuff quickly, because there is so much of it. We wanted to show the main stages of his work."
Vaughan, who was born in
In the early 1970s, suffering with bad mental health, he returned to the north-west, working with children, youth groups and people with learning disabilities, designing an adventure playground for the
When Law and Frost split up, Vaughan tried to make a statement in support of his daughter with a series of harrowing paintings. "I just thought of him as my mad dad. He would hit people and be difficult. But now I think, well, he was ill and suffering with hepatitis C, so he was not always able to behave."
Vaughan died in 2003 from liver failure as a result of his illness. Frost is now a patron of the
"I made a slip of the tongue the other day and said that Dad would be looking up at us and smiling, instead of looking down, but maybe I was right!" she said.
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