Vaughn Neville was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1948, and has lived on Hornby Island, British Columbia since 1970. Vaughn’s interest in painting began early on as an art student and later flourished under the mentorship of iconic Canadian abstract painter Jack Shadbolt. Vaughn’s early abstractions of the natural landscape have in the last decade developed into complete abstraction, forging a determined and rigorous exploration of the possibilities of paint and canvas. From 1986 to 1995 Vaughn exhibited his work with the Bau-xi gallery in Vancouver and Toronto and has since shown his work independently in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Vaughn has been dedicated to his full time painting practice for the past 40 years, and his work is in private and corporate collections throughout the world. He shares his life on Hornby Island with his wife Susan Cain, who is also an artist.


2008 – Indoor / Outdoor Studio Exhibition, Hornby Island, B.C.
2007 – Indoor / Outdoor Studio Exhibition, Hornby Island, B.C.
2006 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
2004 – Linden Gallery, Napier, New Zealand
2003 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
– Hornby Island New Horizons Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
2002 – Linden Gallery, Napier, New Zealand
2001 – Outdoor Garden Exhibit, Hornby Island, B.C.
2000 – Show of large work at Barn Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
1999 – Show of Large Work at Barn Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
– Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
1998 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
1996 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
1995 – “Fabrications”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1994 – “Summer Memories”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
– “Land Escapes” Hornby Festival Show, Hornby Island, B.C.
1993 – “Garden Echoes”, Bau-Xi Gallery,Vancouver, B.C.
– Franklin Silverstone Gallery, Montreal, Que.
1992 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1991 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1990 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1989 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1988 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1987 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1986 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1984 – Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
1983 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island Back Door Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
1982 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.


2006 – New West Gallery, Sydney, B.C.
2005 – Hornby Community Gallery, Hornby Island, B.C.
1999 – Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1998 – “Tribute to Jack Shadbolt” Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
– Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbour, Wa.
1990 – “Full Many a Flower”, Brampton Public Art Gallery, ON “Artropolis”, Vancouver
1989 – “Peview of Endeavour Auction”, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1988 – Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
1987 – “Hornby Island Artists”, North Park Studio, Victoria
– “Island Artists”, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
1985 – Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
1984 – Unit Pitt Gallery, Vancouver Open Space Gallery, Victoria, B.C. Arts Alliance, Courtenay, B.C.
1983 – Hornby Island Community Gallery, Hornby Island
1982 – Back Door Gallery, Courtenay

  • Price Waterhouse, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Richards, Buell, and Underhill, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Guaranty Trust, Toronto, On.
  • Lakeview Developments, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Reed Stenhouse, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Imperial Oil of Canada, Toronto, On.
  • MacDonald’s Corporation, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Claridge Collection, Montreal, Que.
  • Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Anderson’s Restaurant, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Waterfront Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Sidus Systems, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Araxis, Vancouver, B.C.
  • BCAA B.C.
  • Health Toronto
  • Dominion Bank
  • Freeman & Co.
  • Lignum Ltd.
  • Dominion Securities
  • Cox-Cortan Inc.
  • John & Ann Hauberg Collection, Seattle, Wa.
  • Peter Wardle & Brenda
  • Chau Collection
  • Also in several hundred private collections in Canada,
    USA, Singapore, England, Germany, New Zealand,
    Sweden and Brazil



Vaughn Neville’s work comes from his deep commitment to the act of painting. Inspired by music and the natural beauty that surrounds his studio, Vaughn is motivated by a constant drive to put paint to canvas or charcoal to paper. Whatever medium he is working with, Vaughn is interested in exploring its limits and possibilities. His formalist and expressive practice is indicative of the approaches of Modernists painters such as the Abstract Expressionists or the Automatistes. Vaughn has developed a considered and rigorous process through decades of dedication to his work.

This video documentation reveals the movement and energy in Vaughn’s work, showing a time-lapse of the artist rapidly unveiling canvas after canvas of paintings and drawings in his outdoor studio. Vaughn paints and exhibits his work in his outdoor studio on Hornby Island throughout the summer months.

Vaughn’s work also encompasses improvised sound sessions recorded with a number of internationally renowned musicians. A sampling of one of these sessions is provided here and a short listen will demonstrate the canny resemblance the music has with the motion and color of Vaughn’s visual work.



New Work to be Shown in Summer Show

Vaughn has been productive as always and new 2017 and 2018 work will be on display this summer in the new studio. Viewings will be per appointment only.

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Entrance to the indoor tree house studio

New Studio Opening this Summer

Vaughn Neville’s new outdoor studio will be opening this summer. Viewings will be per appointment only as in the past.

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