Fred Yates (1922-2008)
From Urmston, a suburb of Manchester, Fred Yates was a largely self taught artist who was inspired by the industrial architecture of Manchester and the commotion and humour of street life. His child-like images are highly distinctive, colourful and endearing. He 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.
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.