Established under the patronage of Lord and Lady Glentoran, the Paul Yates Studio Gallery is located in the quiet seclusion of their country estate in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, and occupies an extensive hay barn, lofts and courtyard complex.
Unique in contemporary British art, Paul Yates has sustained a highly original and compelling creative output across poetry, painting and film for some four decades.
Reclusive by nature, he operates from an eighteenth century courtyard complex hidden deep in the County Antrim countryside.
His paintings reveal an extraordinary imagination and attract international attention from connoisseurs of the avant–garde.
Patron: Lord Glentoran
introduced by Lord Glentoran
Yates’s Scottish connections date from his great Grandfather on his mother’s side, James Graham, who emigrated to Kilkeel in Northern Ireland in the late 1800’s. From an early age Yates grew up listening to fireside tales of the derring-do of the first Marquis of Montrose, secret incantations for curses and charms, second sight and the fairy ways of the Grey Folk. Scotland was always at the centre of the family’s sense of identity so it was a source of great pride when the artist’s daughter, Kelly, won a place at St. Andrew’s University. This led to the artist visiting Scotland regularly and has inspired a diverse series of poems and paintings. This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of the artist’s mother, Gene marguerita Yates, neé Graham.
Paul Yates has sustained a highly original and compelling creative output over some four decades across poetry, painting and film-making attracting international connoisseurs of the Avant-Garde. Several volumes of his poetry have been published with translations in French, Danish, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. His paintings feature in various public and private collections and his film works have won international awards.
Yates began writing and painting at an early age encouraged by his then high school English teacher, the artist, Jack Pakenham. In 1972, at just eighteen years of age the first exhibition of his paintings was held at the Tom Caldwell Gallery in Belfast. In 1974, A WHITE CAT WITH A HUMAN FACE, his first collection of poems and drawings was published. In 1976, under the auspices of surrealist aficionado, Sir Roland Penrose, his drawings were exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, where he also read from his second collection of poems and drawings, SKY MADE OF STONE.
From early in his career Paul Yates has signed his paintings with a ‘mark’ as he felt a formal signature intruded on compositions. Over the years this ‘mark’ has evolved into a rune like cypher which has come to symbolise the inherent enigma of Yates’s works and is now the artist’s personal monogram. Intensely private, Paul Yates declines interviews, preferring that his work speaks for itself.
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