Acrylic on canvas representing Two men on the beach a painting by Fred YATES (1922-2008).
65cm x 81cm (25,6x31,8 inches)
PROVENANCE: ATELIER FRED YATES
(Succession of the painter)
Fred Yates (25 July 1922 – 7 July 2008), born Frederick Joseph Yates, was an English artist. His paintings are included in many private and public collections including Brighton and Hove Art Gallery, Liverpool University, the University of Warwick, Torquay Art Gallery and Russell Coates Gallery Bournemouth.
Fred Yates was born in Urmston, Lancashire, England in 1922. He began his working life as an insurance clerk but this career was cut short by the Second World War, during which he served as a Grenadier Guards. His twin brother was killed during the failed attempt to capture the bridge at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.
After the war Yates took up painting on his return to Manchester -
initially as a painter and decorator. It was whilst working in
Manchester, and training to become a teacher, that Yates began painting -
much in the vein of L. S. Lowry; although he strove for recognition in his own right, and achieved this in his later years.
By 1970 Yates was living and working as a painter in Cornwall,
England. In Cornwall he painted almost exclusively outdoors - scenes of
local village life, clifftop and beach scenes. It was around this
period that Yates' commercial success began after the "St Ives 1939-64"
exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London.It was also around this time that Yates had a solo exhibition in Geneva which saw some of his work purchased by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Yates has works in private collections in France, UK, Canada and the United States of America.
In the early 1990s Yates moved to France to a small village called Rancon in Department 87, Haute-Vienne
. Here he painted local scenes, one of his favorites being a small
chapel in the woods just outside Rancon, called Saint-Sulpice. He both
met and encouraged local artists and worked with British artists based
in the area. He collected houses like people collect stamps and soon acquired several, each as individual as himself.
In his later years, he purchased a house in Drome, Rhône-Alpes,
where the light and air were more suited to a man in his 80's. Despite
his advanced age he continued to paint regularly and travel widely right
up until his death. Fred also had a small home in Sablet
Death and memorial
Yates died of a heart attack
on returning to England in July 2008. A Fred Yates Society has been
established to assist in preserving and promoting his work. Yates is
buried in one of his favourite spots in Cornwall overlooking St Michael's Mount.
Fred Yates, John Martin, Francis Mallet, Fred Yates: C'est votre passion, monsieur! (London, White Lane Press, 2007)
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