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Fred Yates Cornish Village Scene, Oil on Board
Fred Yates, English Artist (1922-2008) Cornish village scene Oil on board, signed lower right: YATES This is a large impressive example of an early work by Yates probably painted in the 1970s after his move to Cornwall. Painted in his usual impressionistic style using a broad extensive palette of subtle colors which is particularly beautiful in the woodland behind the stone cottage. Works of this quality are increasingly rare. Frame with a few nibbles, would benefit from re-gilding. Fred Yates was born in Urmston, a suburb of Manchester, England. He began his working life as an insurance clerk but his career was cut short by the Second World War, during which he served in the Grenadier Guards. After the war Yates returned to Manchester where he worked as a painter and decorator. It was whilst working in Manchester that he began oil painting. Untutored, he painted pictures of the rich Industrial architecture of Manchester in a style similar to L S Lowry. He subsequently enrolled on a teacher training course at Bournemouth College of Art and taught for 20 years. In 1969 Fred Yates moved to Cornwall to enable him to devote all his energy to painting. He painted almost exclusively en plein air, scenes of local village life, clifftop and beach scenes. His style gradually became freer and, from an earthy, close-toned palette, he started to experiment with lush vibrant colors, thick paint often squeezed straight from the tube, and unmistakable stylized figures. He led a Spartan lifestyle, entirely driven by his art In the early 1990s he moved to France to a small village called Rancon, Haute-Vienne, where he painted local scenes. 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 1980s. Despite his advanced age he continued to paint regularly and travel widely. Yates has works in public collections including Brighton and Hove Art Gallery, Liverpool University, the University of Warwick, Torquay Art Gallery, the Russell Coates Gallery Bournemouth and works in private collections in France, UK, Canada and the USA. Fred Yates died in England in July 2008.
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