1922 - 2008
Fred Yates grew up in Urmston, a suburb of Manchester. His career as an insurance clerk was cut short by the outbreak of war and he served in the Grenadier Guards until 1945 when he returned to Manchester as a painter and decorator.
Untutored, but with tremendous self-discipline, Fred began to paint pictures of the rich industrial architecture of Manchester, the red brick terraces and the commotion and humour of street life - a theme that the artist is still concerned with, even in his recent paintings. He subsequently enrolled on a teacher training course at Bournemouth College of Art and in 1950 won a travelling scholarship to Rome and Florence.
He taught for twenty years battling continuously against artistic sophistication, for him, beauty resided in "simplicity and a child`s mind". In 1969 Fred gave up teaching and moved to Cornwall to enable him to devote all his energy to painting. While he still painted scenes, remembered from his childhood in Manchester, he also worked on sunnier landscapes, new faces and activities that surrounded him.
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.
2008 Muck and Brass, John Martin Gallery, London
2007 Book Launch, John Martin Gallery, London
2006 Flowers and Faces, John Martin Gallery, London
2005 Fred Yates at ArtLONDON, John Martin Gallery, London
2003 Twelve Months in Provence, John Martin Gallery, London
2003 The Lost Paintings, John Martin Gallery, London
2002 80th Birthday Exhibition
2008 London Art Fair, John Martin Gallery, London
2006 New Year Exhibition, John Martin Gallery, London
2006 In to the Jungle - A Homage to Rousseau, John Martin Gallery, London
2005 Summer Exhibition, John Martin Gallery, London
2005 Fred Yates at Art LONDON, John Martin Gallery, London