Fred Yates spent the last (very productive) years of his life in the mountains at La Motte-Chalancon, a picturesque medieval village in the Drome department in southeastern France.
A rare snow painting La Motte 2006
Fred Yates in front of his house in La Motte
These were some of Yates’ most productive and expressive years and his work developed a new strength and vibrancy.
Read about the time he spent following in the footsteps of some of the Art World’s greats by visiting the La Motte page in the main menu or clicking on the link below.
Fred Yates in La Motte-Chalancon
Fred Yates photo credit White Lane Press
FYG was recently contacted by Mozaffar Qizilbash who told us that he was lucky enough to meet Fred Yates painting at St Ives, Cornwall back in 1997. Fred was painting ‘En Plein Air’ overlooking the sweep of the bay above Porthminster beach.
The pair met again later that day and shared a lunch at the Porthminster Beach Café where they chatted about all things Art and Mozaffar undertook two portrait sketches of Fred in profile.
Fred Yates portrait sketch June 1997
Fred Yates portrait sketch June 1997
Images copyright Mozaffar Qizilbash
“The memory I find most amusing looking back was that Fred hid his tubes of paint in the bushes to mark the spot where he had been painting so that when he went back to the spot he would be able to work out where he had been working and also retrieve the tubes. He was a remarkable man and I will be looking into his life and work to find out more about him”
Thank you Mozaffar for contacting FYG and sharing your story.
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Do visit us regularly throughout the year for any news or updates regarding the magical and colourful world of Fred Yates. Do also get in touch if you require more information or have an interesting story or anecdote to share. FredYatesGallery is particular keen to hear from you if you have a Fred Yates work that you believe may not have previously been shared.
Fred Yates Working Women’s Club oil on canvas
There are always great Fred Yates paintings available so do check out the original Fred Yates paintings for sale.
Are you looking to buy your first original Fred Yates painting or maybe you would like to add to your Fred Yates collection. At FYG we pride ourselves in the research and study we carry out into the life and work of Fred Yates. You can read about some of the FYG research trips to areas where Fred Yates lived and his favourite painting locations by visiting the pages in the main menu.
Fred Yates Marazion Sea Front Early oil on board
Fred Yates Lamorna Cove oil on board
At FYG we can advise you on Fred Yates paintings for sale and point you to some of the important factors to consider when weighing up a new painting to add to your collection. There are a number of paintings currently in circulation bearing the Fred Yates name which have not been painted by Fred Yates. These trappers are frequently now turning up in regional auction houses. The auction houses sadly do not have the relevant expertise to catalogue the items correctly.
Fred Yates The Dancing Couple
At FYG we have well over 25 years experience in the life and work of Fred Yates and handle his paintings on a daily basis. FYG also has a vast archive of catalogues, photos, letters and a data base which is updated daily. This experience and resource means that we are perfectly placed to advise you on your collection.
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Whilst based in Marazion Fred Yates lived at Hazel Cottage on Fore St. This archetypal little cottage was ideally placed just a stones throw from the glorious sea front and harbour with the spectacular St Michaels Mount completing the idyllic picture. The old harbour known as Top Tieb is used by the boats that ferry visitors to and from the Mount at high tide.
Fred Yates painted the sea front, St Michaels Mount and harbour from all angles at all different times. The painting below is a lovely colourful spontaneously painted view of the iconic Castle House which looks out to St Michaels Mount and the Top Tieb. Gifted to friends living in St Ives at the time this oil on canvas is a typical work from the period and is full of the colour and texture that have so captivated collectors of Fred Yates work.
Fred Yates Marazion Castle House oil on canvas
Fred Yates Marazion Castle House framed
Fred Yates Marazion Castle House detail
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In 1984 Fred Yates was invited to exhibit at the Galerie Eric Franck in Geneva Switzerland. The exhibition ran from Jun 28th – September 17th. It was an important moment for Yates to be offered this international one man show. The show proved to be a great success with the French photographer Henry Cartier-Bresson famously buying a work.
This original poster was used to advertise the Galerie Franck exhibition and recently appeared at auction with Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers of Penzance.
Poster for the Fred Yates exhibition at Galerie Eric Franck Geneva
Fred Yates has once again featured on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. The program which was filmed at Cardiff Castle featured a large oil painting depicting the castle itself. In 1970 Fred Yates embarked on a tour of Wales with the aim of painting its Castle and Churches. The featured painting was completed as part of this series of works and was valued by Lawrence Hendra of Philip Mould and Co at £3000 – £5000.
Fred Yates Cardiff Castle painting on Antiques Roadshow
To learn more about Fred Yates’s time in Wales and to see the Welsh Echo article featuring the Cardiff Castle painting do have a read of the FredYatesGallery page Fred In Wales. Also check out the program on BBC Iplayer Series 40 Episode 19 at 25 mins.
Fred Yates Cardiff Castle oil on board 1970
If you are looking to buy a Fred Yates original painting for your collection do check out Orangehat at www.orangehat.co.uk who have a great selection of oils and watercolours available.
Newly reframed and conserved this lovely probably St Just period Fred Yates watercolour of the terraced houses in Gurnick Street Mousehole is a lovely example of Fred’s eye for detail and great perspective. A favourite scene at FYG having often sat here looking out to sea. Trademark figures and lovely yet subdued colour create a fantastic Cornish work.
- Fred Yates Figures in Gurnick St
Gurnick Street Mousehole
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A small collection of oil paintings by Fred Yates went under the hammer at Charterhouse auction of pictures, books and maps on Thurs 27th July.
Director Richard Bromell said: “The paintings had quite an interesting provenance, as the owner bought Fred Yates’s cottage in Fowey back in the early 1980’s”.
Fred’s own distinctive painting style, often with thick paint squeezed straight from the tube in vibrant colours, ensures his artwork continues to be admired by collectors and museums.
Fowey Chapel with Figures
The Fowey Chapel with Figures oil on board pictured sold for £5952 including premium.
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Published in October 2007 by White Lane Press and written by Francis Mallett “C’est Votre Passion Monsieur!” is the only book dedicated to Fred Yates. Chronicling Yates’ time in France this great little book pieces together the artists thoughts and feelings as he travels between locations exploring his art. With 112 pages packed with 70 full colour illustrations and providing a fantastic insight into the World of Fred Yates “C’est Votre Passion Monsieur!” is a must for the Fred Yates enthusiast.
You can secure your copy via this link buy Fred Yates “C’est Votre Passion Monsieur!”