Fred Yates Memorial


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His Own Little World


John Martin represented Fred Yates for 16 years until his death in 2008 just before his 86th birthday. This Memorial exhibition was a personal survey of Fred’s career with key works on loan from private collections.

Fred died peacefully in London on the 7th July 2008 after a short illness. He had been in London for the opening of his exhibition Muck & Brass at the John Martin Gallery.  Fred attended the Private View (typically arriving unannounced at the last possible minute) and afterwards said that he was delighted to have met so many admirers of his work, ‘real people’ as he described them.

A Memorial Service was held for Fred Yates at St James’s Church Piccadilly on 11th September 2008. The service was full of family, old friends from across England and France alongside collectors of his work. Obituaries appeared in the Guardian, The Times and The Independent.

We would like anyone with memories or stories about Fred to add them to this site so that we can build up a true archive of his life & work. If you have photographs of Fred or his paintings you can send them to and I will add them to the site.  To add stories of your own, click on ‘comments’ at the bottom of one of the existing post then scroll down to the ‘Leave a reply’ box and leave your message. Alternatively send them to me at the gallery and I will post them on your behalf.

If you would like to be added to the Mailing List of the Fred Yates Society please send your details along with any enquiries to

With best wishes,

Tara Whelan


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