Fred Yates - Going up to Heaven

Fred Yates Drawing

'One day the teacher was describing the second coming of Christ, telling us that when He came, it could be any time of the day or night, and nobody would know beforehand when it might happen. She said He might even come when we were at school and he would take everyone back to Heaven with him. I was terrified and ran all the way home that day to make sure I got there in time to be with my family, so that we could all go up to Heaven with Jesus together.'

Medium: Ink sketch, Original Illustration, included in a book of Fred's work published in 2011 Image Size: 360 x 250mm
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Artist's Biography
Fred Yates 1922-2008
Grew up in Urmston, a suburb of Manchester. His career as an insurance clerk was cut short by the outbreak of war and he served in the Grenadier Guards until 1945 when he returned to Manchester as a painter and decorator. Untutored, but with tremendous self-discipline, Fred began to paint pictures of the rich industrial architecture of Manchester, the red brick terraces and the commotion and humour of street life - a theme that the artist is still concerned with, even in his recent paintings.

He subsequently enrolled on a teacher training course at Bournemouth College of Art and in 1950 won a travelling scholarship to Rome and Florence. He taught for twenty years battling continuously against artistic sophistication, for him, beauty resided in "simplicity and a child's mind". In 1969 Fred gave up teaching and moved to Cornwall to enable him to devote all his energy to painting. While he still painted scenes, remembered from his childhood in Manchester, he also worked on sunnier landscapes, new faces and activities that surrounded him.

His 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.

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