Andrew Yates (English, 1945-2011)
Natural phenomena and his immediate surroundings – coastal, rural, suburban, and city landscapes – supplied his direct subject matter and indirect inspiration. His studio interests centered on the interplay between four elements - the generative process, the literal constituent stuff of the work (material, mark, scale, shape, colour), its spatial, allusive or iconographic references, and the latent metaphoric or symbolic significance of the image.
Yates viewed his paints, cameras and computers as complementary means of art production; each medium was valued in its own right, and for its capacity to prompt rethinking in other media. Andrew Yates studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art in London UK, graduating in 1968. He continued to live in London for over three decades. He taught at several prominent UK Art Colleges; a career which culminated as Dean of the School of Art in Chelsea College of Art & Design (London).
In 2002 he gave up full-time academic commitments, and moved home and studio to the East Sussex coast (UK). He exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, and his work is represented in public and private collections.