A series of limited edition giclee prints on canvas based on original paintings first exhibited at the Fraser Gallery, St. Andrews, will be on view at Gleneagles Townhouse, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh from Tues. 5th Sept. – Sat. 30th September.
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.
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 set of bagpipes sailing the ocean with all the splendour of a galleon, a Dunino snowman and the skeleton of legendary cart horse Bassey who transported all the stone for the construction of Bellrock lighthouse.
The prints will be on show at the Gleneagles Townhouse and at www.paulyatesart.com from the 5th until the 30th of September
A selection of the original paintings upon which the edition is based may be viewed by appointment at the Fraser Gallery, St. Andrews.