Artist John Ambrose is known for his impressionist paintings and is popular with collectors all over the world having held exhibitions in 1981, 1982 and 1983 in Germany where he has a strong reputation. John Ambrose has a strong presence in the West Country, particularly Cornwall where his paintings have been sold in the “Best of The West” auctions at W H Lane & Son, Penzance as well as through Cornish Art Galleries.
Famous for his atmospheric use of colour and the way he captures water and reflections John Ambrose usually features water in his paintings be it the Cornish sea or the waterways of Venice.
John Ambrose was born in 1931 in Brierly Hill Staffordshire and had a passion for painting from an early age. Ambrose trained in art in the West Midlands and had an engineering career before the pull of Cornwall experienced on holidays lured him to the Cornish Coast where he acquired a cottage and studio and lived for many years.
The contemporary painter Peter Beeson trained as a jeweller and silversmith at the Sir John Cass School in Whitechapel. Having completed his DipAd Peter then spent some time in the music business before becoming a full-time artist in 1999.
Peter Beeson’s contemporary paintings are recognisable by their light-filled textural surface and quiet approach. A hallmark of Beeson’s painting is the use of intuitive framing to find compositional balance. Techniques of the early Italian Primitives, especially the layering of temperas and oil paint, are rediscovered as a key element in the depiction of present-day subjects. These art materials, with their unique ability to refract light while maintaining structural integrity, are used to help realize the depth and form of a particular moment.
Peter Beeson prepares his art canvases by laying linen on board, then lightly priming the fabric across the weave to preserve its character. The process continues with a fine wash of middle tone containing only a small amount of oil, in order to retain a dry, tactile structure. The paintings are then developed in stages through the application of self-ground pigments and other organic substances. Rare earths, for example an English yellow Mine Ochre or a slate colour from the Bernino Pass in Switzerland, carry the resonance of their origins to lend tonal subtlety and inner warmth. At times the resolution of paintings is sudden and unexpected, at others they are completed as planned after careful reflection. Alongside these more formal considerations in Peter Beeson paintings runs a contemplative thread that evokes a deeply felt personal world.
Peter Beeson contemporary paintings have featured in a number of solo and group British art exhibitions. In addition to Red Rag Gallery his paintings have also been accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and are often to be found at Cornwall Art Galleries.
He was educated at Truro High School, although Southport, Lancashire appears to be his home territory. From school he followed his father into the cotton business, but during WWI left to join the Forces, spending three years in France. After the Armistice he decided to devote his life to art, and studied at the Slade from 1923-25, having married and settled in Kent.
After eighteen months exploring England, he and his wife arrived in St Ives in 1929, living at Salubrious House, Fore Street. Fred worked from Porthmeor and Dragon Studios, Norway Square. During WWII he seems to have moved back to Southport for a couple of years. Paintings of the harbour, lifeboat slip-way and Downalong in St Ives, were among 10 pictures exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1931 and 1944. He returned permanently to Southport in 1952.
Julian Christophers -based in Corwall – is known for his use of colour and deceptively simple, almost childlike yet highly sophisticated, compositions. ‘Anything and everything can spark the paintbrush into action and I like to pursue the idea until I’ve gone as far as I can, before losing respect for what initially guided me.’ Christophers is recognised for his vision of Cornwall especially its fishing boats and seagulls, as well as his exuberant flowers and nudes.
Julian Dyson was born in St Mawes, Cornwall, but it was not until 1972 that he began exhibiting his work. His first show (solo) was in Southhampton at the Hansard Gallery. Then after moving back to Cornwall permanently he was elected an Associate of the NSA, and began exhibiting frequently in both solo and group shows in local galleries, including the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance.
By profession a dentist, Julian Dyson increasingly took up the pen and brush to be a prolific artist as he approached retirement, though it had always been a sideline interest. His remarkable, witty and characteristic portraits of both people and animals (notably cats) are both moving and full of empathy and mystery. You do wonder about what the subject is thinking.
His studio sale after a series of group, solo and retrospective exhibitions in West Cornwall, was held by W H Lane in 2009, and most of his remaining works were sold. Two of his paintings are in the permanent collection of Falmouth Art Gallery.
The son of a yeoman farmer in Wiltshire, and the ninth of ten children, the artist’s early years were spent in farming, an upbringing which had a marked influence on the subjects he would later paint. Three of his siblings – Fanny, Lucy and Gideon – also displayed artistic talents, yet Fidler was well into his thirties before attending Herkomer’s School at Bushey in 1891 for a couple of years.
He returned to Bushey in 1898 where he met and married another student, Laura Clunas, settling initially in Salisbury (possibly studying further at the Salisbury Art College), with Harry leasing an old Methodist Chapel in Teffont Magna, Wiltshire as his studio. The Fidlers visited St Ives on a number of occasions, first being signed-in as guests in the St Ives Art Club in 1907.
They appear to have joined the Arts Club for a period, but eventually settled at Andover, which remained their permanent home. A figure, rustic and domestic painter, the artist used oil on canvas, with at least eight of his RA exhibits being six foot canvases. Unfortunately the canvases were of an often inferior type (burlap or potato sacking) with little or no ground, which has meant that many of his pictures have often needed restoration. His earlier work was signed with the monograms ‘Fid’ or ‘Hfid’.
Born in Taunton, Somerset, Giles was the son of an engine driver for the Great Western Railway. His first trips to Cornwall were in the leading carriage of the train which his father drove from Taunton to Penzance, and John Branfield (2005) describes in his personal memoir of his St Agnes friend, how excited Tony always was in being in Cornwall. Art was his favourite subject at school (Huish’s) and when he left school he took up an apprenticeship as a cartographic draughtsman at the Admiralty Hydrographic Office near Taunton.
Dust jacket information: ‘Giles’s paintings were inspired by the way man has shaped the Cornish landscape. He painted railway tracks and viaducts, clay workings and mine buildings, harbours and chapels in a very lively, highly individual style.’ Frank RUHRMUND (journalist/art reviewer, Cornishman & other newspapers) concluded that Tony Giles was ‘one of Cornwall’s most powerful and prolific, and strange as it may seem, still most under-rated artists.
Painter of mainly working horses. Lived in London and showed at the RA, SWA, GI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and at the London Salon. She exhibited two paintings of horses at St Ives in the Summer of 1914 and she painted at Étaples around 1907. The art colony at Étaples had its heyday between 1880 – 1914, after which it was disrupted by World War I. Although broadly international, it was made up mainly of English-speakers from North America, Australasia and the British Isles. While some artists settled in the area, other visitors stayed only a season, or an even shorter time, as they journeyed from art colony to art colony along the coasts of Normandy and Brittany. Her painting “A Corner of the Market, Étaples” was a Royal Academy exhibit in 1907. Her address in 1907 was given as: Miss E Harke, 113 Church Road, Upper Norwood, London.
“BORN AND BASED in Cornwall my inspiration lies in the scenes and experiences of everyday life. Buildings and locations have a profound and personal influence on me as a visual artist. Capturing a scene with its hustle, bustle, colour, vibrancy and excitement is of particular importance to me. I would describe myself as an expressionist painter who paints contemporary scenes from everyday life.
Examples of this can be seen in my paintings of Cornish scenes such as Porthleven Harbour, Truro, Penzance and Coverack. I have also enjoyed painting urban scenes from my frequent visits to London, Exeter and Plymouth.
Whilst achieving a BA Hons degree in Fine Art with Plymouth University I was awarded the Ben Hartley Prize for outstanding fine.
The Cornish artist and author Robert Jones was born in Newquay, Cornwall. The beaches and cliffs were his childhood playground. He studied at Falmouth College of Art where he was taught by Robert Organ and Francis Hewlett. He continued to paint whilst teaching in various schools including A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School for three years, and for seven further years fishing around the Cornish coast. A period as part time tutor at Penzance and Falmouth Colleges of art, followed by a successful exhibition at Newlyn Orion Art Gallery encouraged him to concentrate on his painting. He was able to reduce his teaching committments and then to paint full time. He is a prolific artist who has exhibited widely.
In 1995 he began researching the life and work of the artist Alfred Wallis, and in 2000 his book, ‘Alfred Wallis Artist and Mariner’ was published to critical acclaim. Continuing with his fascination with maritime subjects he has completed his next book which is about the pierhead painter Reuben Chappell. The book ‘Reuben Chappell Pierhead Painter’ came out in the spring of 2006.
– Attended: Falmouth Art School and Manchester college of Art (post graduate studies)
– Teaching qualifications at Brighton and Bristol
– Taught at Summerhill School, Suffolk; Mullion School, Cornwall; and Falmouth College of Art
Ben Maile is an internationally known artist whose work features in many significant collections, including those of the British Royal family and major international corporations, in both commerce and industry.
Ben Maile has exhibited worldwide from Alaska to Australia.
In America he has been the only British artist ever to win the prestigious annual commission from the West Point Military Academy. His very first West Point print ’The Long Gray Line’ has become the most sought after of all time among the collectors of American militaria.
Among his Limited Editions published in Europe, ‘The Thin Red Line’, ‘The Salute Palace Venice’, and ‘The Queen’s Men’ are the scarce ones keen collectors search for.
Ben Maile now lives in Ireland his penchant for historic epics has seen a collection of work depicting the Battle of Aughrim receive public and television acclaim, and the Army College at the Curragh commissioned a massive canvas:- ‘The Irish Soldier Through The Ages’ which now graces the walls of their VIP lounge.
Painter & Etcher of coastal scenes, figures & portraits also occasional watercolors. Studied Glasgow School of Art, RA Schools and in Paris at the Academie Julien. Enjoyed sea-scapes, coastal and harbour scenes, especially those on the East coast of Scotland near Pittenweem where he had a studio and spent most summers. Partially fascinated by the local fisher-folks as they waited by the shore for their men-folk to return, often with fish baskets on their shoulder or arms.
Stewart was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and attended Newcastle College of Art and Design where he studied Photolithography. He has worked in the UK and South Africe as a Lithographic Planner, before moving to St. Ives in 1986.
After a further spell in the printing trade, he decided on a career change and spent 8 years fishing for mackerel out of St. Ives. Inspired by St. Ives’s beautiful harbour and the pretty seaside villages of West Cornwall, he began painting professionally.
June Miles is an outstanding landscape and still life painter, with a soft, gentle but vividly colourful palette. Her exhibitions represent work carried out not only in Cornwall, but also in France, where she and her late husband Paul MOUNT maintained a second home. Both her daughters, Helen FEILER and Christine FEILER, are also artists of greatly refined sensitivity: Helen with her jewellery and textiles, and Christine with her porcelain and ceramic exhibition pieces.
June was born in London and spent the first six years of life near Hong Kong. Her art training was at the Slade School, and during WWII she drew maps for the Admiralty Drawing Office. The artist was the first wife of painter Paul FEILER, and the couple moved to Bristol where their three children (Anthony, Helen and Christine) were born. She moved to Cornwall when the couple separated, though she continued to teach at Bristol Polytechnic and the Folk House in Bristol.
In 1978 she married the sculptor Paul MOUNT and together they had studios in St Just-in-Penwith, where they also lived. At that stage June became fascinated with still life, one of the two major dedicated themes of her working life along with the landscapes. She works directly on her canvases, letting them evolve as she works, and without using sketches.
Brian Mitchell was born in St Ives, Cornwall. He spent four years at local art schools followed by a year at the Institute of Education, University of London. Brian taught in the Midlands for five years before returning to Cornwall.
Chairman of the St Ives Society of Artists for ten years.
Born in Parson’s Green, London, she was educated at Wimbledon until her family moved to Derbyshire in 1921, when she finished her education privately. From 1924 to 1931 she studied art at Manchester School of Art under Robert Baxter. After a period of illness she attended the Slade in 1934, but attracted by Walter Bayes’ book on decorative art, she moved to Westminster School of Art where he taught. Under Bayes she realised her true interest lay in drawing and painting the human figure. She specialised in and is best known for her figure painting, although she did paint coastal and harbour scenes and teach. She first moved to Cornwall in 1938, staying with the Sampson family at Keigwin Place in Mousehole until the outbreak of War in 1939, when she went to Stockport to teach. After the death of her parents, she returned to live with the Sampsons in 1945, there meeting Eric HILLER and Charles BREAKER. Together they formed the Newlyn Holiday Sketching Group in 1949, which became a regular Summer School for the next fifteen years. Mort is a transitional figure working for the most part in Cornwall. A retrospective of her work, Fifty Years of Painting, was held at Newlyn Art Gallery in Summer 1985.
With my paints in hand and my walking boots on, I love to get outdoors to discover vibrant scenes to capture on canvas.
I was inspired to pick up a paint brush at a young age by my Gran, when she gave me my first set of paints. At school I continued to explore all forms of art. I then went on to study fine art at art college.
Now, I enjoy painting in my spare time, whenever I can.
Bernard Ninnes was brought up in Bristol, he studied at the West of England College of Art, Clifton followed by the Slade under Professor Henry Tonks and Philip Wilson Steer. After further study in Paris he moved to St Ives where he became a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and Vice President of the Friends of St Ives with Dame Barbara Hepworth. He was a well liked man who made light of his walking disability. His wide range of subjects included typical St. Ives scenes, Welsh landscapes, still lifes, Majorcan landscapes and occasional caricatures.
In 1951 his painting ‘Cornish Village’ won a prize in the St Ives’ Festival of Britain competition.
Born in Preston, Lancashire and was considered to be the star pupil at Julius OLSSON and Algernon Mayow TALMAGE’s school (1902-04), then trained in Paris at Colarossi’s under Delacluse before returning to St Ives in 1906. He sold Street St Ives at NAG in the summer of 1910.
Known for his impressionistic touch with colour and light, best known for brilliantly coloured impressionistic depictions of boats in St Ives harbour, he also painted still lifes. In WWI he served in East Surrey Regiment, and married his wife Peggy in 1919. The couple lived in St Ives by 1921 moving to 3 Bowling Green in 1923. In the Show Day of 1924, he exhibited with the paintings he was sending away to the RA. They included the largest, Drying Sails, another of St Ives with the herring fishing in full swing, Herring Time St Ives, and the third, Souvenir from France, depicting the entrance to the harbour of La Rochelle.
Now he is probably the most highly rated of St Ives resident members of STISA. Moved to London 1933, his studio in Maida Vale close to that of Dorothea SHARP and Marcella SMITH, but returned to St Ives in 1940 where he felt more comfortable. Sadly, he died almost penniless in Preston, his wife having predeceased him (1957, Torquay). Sven BERLIN said, “He painted like an angel – simply cathedrals of light.” WORMLEIGHTON celebrated his life with his biography, Morning Tide: John Anthony Park and the painters of light.
If it were possible to have “salt water coursing through your veins”, Richard Pearce has it. He was born just a few yards from the sea and has spent most of his adult working life working a few inches from the ocean in the Isles of Scilly –where he was born in 1953. His childhood was spend scrambling over rocks and exploring coves: his work in drenched in that atmosphere and of the sea, sky and rugged shores of the Isles of Scilly.
“I have lived in Cornwall most of my life and exposure to such a dramatic environment has inspired me to paint.
The landmass of West Penwith is small but encompasses such geographic diversity – from the turquoise seas of Lamorna on the South Coast to the wild rocky outcrops and crashing waves of the North Coast, and great stretches of moorland in between.
I work with a knife as I want to express as forcefully as I can the forces of nature, the ever-changing elements, cloud formations, piercing blue skies over acres of red bracken, the raw beauty of the landscape. The natural progression towards paintings on a greater scale is leading to an exploration of larger landscapes further afield.”
Adrian Ryan 1920-1998: An Appreciation of by Julian Machin.
Adrian Ryan was something special. He was born privileged which didn’t spoil, but rather sweetened him. He had the knack of knowing people, many of the right sort, others certainly not, but they all trusted him. He was a very good friend. He liked the company of young people and remained childlike all his long life.
He enjoyed beautiful things and saw beauty where others might not dream of looking; his pictures reflect this and manifest his unusual way of seeing things during a life lived fully. By the age of twenty three he was handsome, rich and already quite well known and by the age of sixty three he had three wives, three daughters, no family fortune and was almost unheard of among the art buying public. Only the discerning collectors who had owned his work for years and who had the sense to hold on to it still believed him to be the best kept secret in the art world.
In between, pleasant to relate, he enjoyed himself and was true to himself; he was a figurative painter and he never compromised this view. He had integrity, intelligence and didn’t seem to have many regrets. Towards the end of his life as more modern audiences began to catch up with him, he began to sell again.
There are many stories about him, most of them true. Adrian’s principal fault was modesty which made him all the more delightful to be with. It was always a pleasure to listen to him talking and what he said was well worth hearing, invariably witty and seldom unkind. His paintings are the same; looking at them you can sense the different aspects of his charm. The longer you look, the more they yield. He used a lot of paint in lyrical ways that aren’t necessarily obvious at first. They aren’t about mystery. They are about poetry, which, like Adrian Ryan’s art, comes from the heart and is meant to be lastingly beautiful.
Born in London of a French family, the artist was the son of the engraver, Louis Phillippe Sargent, several forbears being artists and engravers. He studied at the South Kensington School of Art, and was married to the painter Katharine Evelyn CLAYTON. They first came to St Ives in 1908, and lived at Clodgy View, using 1 Piazza Studios for work. Altogether they were to live in Cornwall more than 50 years, but they also worked in the South of France. When they were not in St Ives, they shared studios at 2 and 3 King Henry’s Road, Hampstead. From 1921 until 1939, much time was spent painting on the continent, but they returned to West Cornwall in 1939, joining STISA and exhibiting with them through the war years. His entries for the 1911 Show Day are illustrative of broad, international interests in art and include his titles The Cornish Coast: Night (for International Exhibition, Grafton Galleries), The Moon (for Imperial Exhibition, Crystal Palace), Hampstead Fair (International) and a Portrait of Miss Millie Dow. His Obituary noted that he had little interest in art societies. He died at Tallandside, The Belyars, St Ives.
Schwarz was born in Vienna, Austria and trained at the local Art School. In 1937-8 he was expelled by the Nazis, moving to Birmingham in 1939. During his time in Birmingham he worked as a labourer and was interned between 1940-1. From 1941-3 he trained at the Birmingham School of Arts and Crafts and then began working at a commercial art studio. He was a freelance illustrator from 1945, but gave up graphic design in 1964 to paint and sculpt full-time. He published Figure Painting, Colour for the Artist and Painting in Towns for Studio Vista and a series of art books for Pitman. Schwarz was a member of the NEAC, RWS, RP, RBA and the Contemporary Portrait Society as well as an honorary life member of the Hampstead Artists’ Council. He was awarded the Hunting Group Prize for the best watercolour of the year in 1981. His solo shows included a series at Thackeray Gallery (from 1982), Compton Gallery, (1983), The Ben Uri Gallery (1985), Woodlands Art Gallery (1991) and Sternberg Centre (1992). His work is many in public collections, including portraits of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Lord Soper and Miles Malleson at the National Portrait Gallery.
Steve is from The Black Country and later lived in the Cotswolds. Moving to Cornwall, in 1970, he joined an art group under John Miller for a brief period. Painting began to feature as a main interest in his life, with periodic encouragement from John through the next two decades.
Turner was an obvious influence during the early years. Many atmospheric watercolours found their way into collections worldwide.
The Land remains the prime inspiration for his work, although the human form tends to creep in occasionally, albeit subliminally.
His work is now often far from realism, with an emotional intensity that is self-evident.
His shows are always colourful, with most pieces hallmarked by a deep sense of mystery.
Since 2009 Steve has been featured in the UK national Art A-level syllabus – in particular for his use of light
Simeon Stafford was born in Dukinfield in 1956. At the age of 14 Stafford met L.S Lowry who encouraged him to paint; as a young artist, Stafford’s landscapes were similar to the gritty northern landscape of L.S.Lowry and other English northern artists. When Simeon later moved to Cornwall in 1966, the influence of his northern roots fused with the magnetism of West Penwith to create expressionism within his work that is both powerful and alluring. His work is comparable to that of the late artist Fred Yates; he charmingly combines reality and imagination with many of his paintings. Widely regarded as one of the country’s leading living artists, Stafford exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2001 and his work can also be found in numerous private collections, including those of her Majesty Queen.
The artist was born in Surrey, and studied at both the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art. At the BBC he worked as a production designer for more than a decade, before going free-lance in the world of film production. His most recent exhibition of paintings was shown at the Cornish Range restaurant in Mousehole.
Essex lives and works in Mousehole in Cornwall. Having been a prolific surfer with acting credits to his name, he has now turned considerable his talent to the art world. Just at home painting outdoors as in, his studio has views across to the Lizard Peninsular and St Michael’s Mount. Over the the last ten years he has exhibited widely, with a number of shows in Cornwall, Winchester, London and Bristol. His most recent painting project, Land and Sea is accompanied by a publication entitled Riding the Wave
Stuart Walton was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in 1933. With no formal Art School Training but showing an intrest in art from an early age he won prizes in childrens art competitions. In 1948 he became a trainee display studio artist/designer. Stuart then carried out National service with the RAF between 1952 and 1954. In 1956 he then showed his first interest in modern art and later started painting abstacts based on torn posters. During the 1960s Stuart produced many hard edge abstract painting, constructions and reliefs. In the 1970 he gave up his job of Assistant Display Manager to paint full time. Stuart was appointed first Yorkshire Television Fine Arts Fellow in 1975. Represented in many Group, One Man and Open Exhibitions showing Both Northern Industrial Landscapes and Abstract Works upto the late 1990s. During the late 1990s early 2000s Stuart had trouble with his eye sight which forced a break in his work. His eyesight has since been treated and Stuart continues to paint to date, producing Abstract Works.
Eric Ward was born in 1945 in St. Ives, Cornwall, where he has lived for most of his life. After leaving school, he worked as a fisherman until 1985 when he became St. Ives Harbour Master.
In 1964 he joined the RNLI as a St. Ives Lifeboat man, was promoted to Coxswain in 1989 and retired after 36 years of service in 2000. Always interested in art, Eric started painting in 1987 at the St. Ives School of Painting.
Since then his work has been shown widely, and he has expanded into etching. In 1996 BBC2 featured Eric’s life, “Oils and Oilskins” on Video Diaries. A year in the making, the programme was acclaimed by The Times.
In January 2003 Halsgrove published a large-format 144-page book including over 100 painting in full colour and entitled Eric Ward’s St. Ives: From His Studio and Beyond.
In 2003 he took early retirement from the harbourmasters position to concentrate fully on his painting, having retired from the lifeboat three years earlier.
A new book of paintings and drawings with a forward by Alison Bevan, Director of the Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance, Cornwall was published in May 2013.
Born in Manchester in 1951, Linda Weir studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, attaining a foundation in Visual Studies, a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and a PGCE in Art. In 1988 she received an MA in Fine Art, painting, from Nottingham Trent University.
Linda has held numerous teaching positions, including in 1983 and 2003 a post at the University of Nottingham and Manchester Metropolitan University. She was a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and a founder member of the Manchester Artists Studio Association.
After twenty five years, she finally arrived in West Cornwall and now lives and paints in St Ives where she produces impasto oils, all ‘en plein air’. She describes being in Cornwall as a ‘constant thrill’ and finds it an ‘intensely inspiring place’. I first became interested in paintings by Linda Weir when I found her sat in the back of her van on the jetty at St Ives working on a current painting. Linda Weir has exhibited extensively in one-woman and mixed shows across the country and in 2012 exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show.
John Terrick Williams (20 July 1860 – 20 July 1936) was better known as Terrick Williams. He was a British painter who was a member of the Royal Academy. During his lifetime, Williams became one of the most successful painters in London. Williams was born on 20 July 1860 in Liverpool, England, the son of a businessman. He was educated at Kings College School, London and was expected by his father to continue in the family business. However, his determination to become an artist saw him move to Europe and study under Charles Verlat in Antwerp and later at the Académie Julian and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury in Paris. Williams focussed on landscape and marine subjects and painted in oil, pastel and watercolour. He travelled extensively and his impressionistic, luminous paintings sought the transient effects of light and reflections in Venice, St. Tropez, Paris, Brittany and St. Ives. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1904. His work was regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1891. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (A.R.A.) on 18 November 1924, a Royal Academician (R.A.) on 14 February 1933, and a Senior R.A. on 1 January 1936. In 1933 he was also elected President of the RI. He died on his birthday in 1936 aged 76. After his death a memorial exhibition was held at the Fine Art Society in 1937.
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 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.
Work in many public and private collection including the National Museum of Labour History.
Exhibited widely throughout the UK, including the Royal Academy of Arts – Summer exhibition, The Royal Overseas League and Manchester City Art Gallery.
Publications, Reviews & Media Coverage include Arts Review, Radio 4, Granada TV, The Guardian, The Independent, Elle Decoration, Artist Newsletter, Public Sculpture of Britain Liverpool University Press.
1984 – 1987 Bath Academy of Art, Corsham
1987 – 2004 Arch 3 Studios, Manchester – Founding Member
2005 – Present Day Hope Cove Galleries, Devon – Founding Member