On view and by appointment from 10th June 2022
Unique amongst contemporary British artists Paul Yates has
sustained a highly original and compelling creative output
across, poetry, painting and film-making for over four decades.
His poetry has been translated into several languages, his films
Have won various international awards and his paintings feature
in important private, public and royal collections. Recently one
of his paintings was acquired for the legendary La Colombe d’Or
collection in the south of France. Yates has a high cull rate and
works often remain in the studio for years awaiting just the right
brush stroke or mark-making to bring them ‘into land’ as Yates
is won’t to say. This is Yates’s first show of works in the U.K.
for twelve years. Since 2010 he has exhibited exclusively in the
south of France.
On his mother’s side Yates’s great grandfather, James Graham,
emigrated from Scotland to Kilkeel in Northern Ireland in the
1880’s. Yates grew up hearing fireside tales of feats of derring-do
by the first Marquis of Montrose, incantations for curses and
charms and the fairy ways of the Grey Folk. In the nineteen
nineties Yates’s daughter, Kelly, won a place at St. Andrews
university, this led to the artist visiting Scotland regularly and
inspired a series of poems and paintings including a quartet
depicting their favourite walk in St. Andrews, The Lade Braes,
across the four seasons. Other works available range from
intriguing observations of subjects such as a shop porch in
Pittenween and traditional woollen Gansie to more surreal
pieces, a set of bagpipes sailing the ocean with all the splendour
of a galleon, a Dunino snowman and the skeleton of legendary
carthorse Bassey who transported all the stone for the
construction of Bellrock lighthouse.
Further information is available from Roderick Fraser,
Full exhibition can be seen at www.paulyatesart.com from June 14