"Sharp observations of people going about their daily lives with strong, impressionist colours and expressive brushwork"

Fred Yates was an English artist, best known for his vibrant landscapes swathed in radiant sunshine and joie de vivre. He enjoyed painting the daily lives and colourful characters around him. His distinctive style makes his work easily recognisable and highly sought after.

Inspired by the Manchester painter L.S. Lowry, Yates set out to paint pictures about the lives of ordinary people.

"It is the man in the street that I’m after, whom I feel closest to, with whom I want to make friends and enter into confidence and connivance, and he is the one I want to please and enchant by means of my work.”

Despite his reclusive nature, his paintings combined sharp observations of people going about their daily lives with strong, impressionist colours and expressive brushwork.

Solo Exhibitions:
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

Group Exhibitions:
2011  Penlee House Art Gallery, Penzance 'Different Ways of Seeing'
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

Collections
Fred Yates 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.