Scottish Works by Paul Yates

World renowned avant garde artist Paul Yates will hold his first UK show in 12 years at the Fraser Gallery, St Andrews paying tribute to his Scottish heritage.

Scottish Works by Paul Yates

About Scottish Works by Paul Yates

20th Jun 2022 to 30th Sep 2022
Monday - Friday 10.30am - 5.30pm
Fraser Gallery St Andrews
53 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QR
This is a free event
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This is Yates’s first show of works in the U.K. for twelve years. Since 2010 he has exhibited exclusively in the galleries of St Paul de Vence 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.

Unique amongst contemporary 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 often remain in the studio for years awaiting just the right brush stroke or mark-making to bring them ‘into land’ as Yates is wont to say.

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