Fred Yates

Fred Yates (1922-2008)

was a well-known painter in both oil and watercolour of a wide range all subject matter which showed the influence of L S Lowry. He was born in Urmston, Manchester, and after war service he enrolled for a teacher training course at Bournemouth Municipal College of Art, winning a travelling scholarship to Italy 1950. In 1957 his work was illustrated with two examples in Jack Beddington’s book Young Artists of Promise at which time Yates was working as an art teacher in Lewes, East Sussex. In 1957 he exhibited a painting at the Royal Academy and he showed also with the New English Art Club 1956-59. After teaching for nearly twenty years Fred Yates moved to West Cornwall in 1970 to paint full time, and made colourful and powerful paintings of Cornish harbours, its people and the landscape. By the 1990s he also had a home in France, in the Haute-Vienne, and painted many works in that area. He also returned regularly to the UK, and to Cornwall in particular. Yates also exhibited with the Redfern Gallery, John Moores Exhibition Liverpool, Newlyn Orion Gallery, and in 2002 there was a show at John Martin Gallery in London. In 2014 the contents of his studio were sold at auction by Artcurial in Paris.

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