Fred Yates - Listening In


'Radio was becoming an integral part of our lives and we eagerly looked forward to certain programmes and tried to complete our homework in time to be able to enjoy what the wireless had to offer each evening. My brother was taking an interest in the technical side of wireless and, using some earphones that we had been given, he rigged up a circuit which he connected to the loud speaker of the wireless. Unbeknown to our parents we were then able to hear their conversation relayed to us upstairs.'

Medium: Original Illustration, included in a book of Fred's work published in 2011 Image Size: 186 x 253 mm
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Artist's Biography
Fred Yates
Born in 1922, Fred Yates 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 traveling 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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