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One Foot in the Past 29.6.16 West Lawn School, mid 1960s and a trail of pupils file into the quad, turn right (woe betide those who fail to observe the anti-clockwise rule) to enter the first classroom for a session of art. Familiar with the fact that their teacher Mr Yates looks uncannily like Van […]

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I am so sad to hear of Fred’s passing. I truly loved this old guy, if even from afar. I have followed him and his work for several years. My friends and I had the honest to goodness pleasure of meeting Fred a few times and getting to know him ‘in person’. It started with […]

    We are pleased to announce that ‘Saturday Afternoon’ painted by Fred in 1953 will be on show the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery as part of their Paintings Unwrapped Exhibition. The exhibition features work from their permanent collection and will include work by Alma Tadema, William Blake, Fernand Léger, William Scott and Glyn Philpot […]

Fiona Thompson Lostwithiel Cornwall   I first heard of Fred Yates when I lived in Mevagissey as a child, during the 1970’s. He was a great friend of Don Austen, the artist, and, as Don was friends with my parents, they met Fred. They purchased several of Fred’s paintings, as we all loved his work. […]

From Geoff Bunn


  “For my own part I knew Fred briefly in France. He had a place in Rancon and I in neighbouring Roussac. We met in Roussac. And then we spent a little time together at his place in Rancon and he showed me what he termed ‘a little’ about painting – it may have been a […]

“Relatively Unconventional” (First impressions, by Alan Veale) I first met my (second) cousin Fred at Easter 1971.  I was just 18, about to sit my “A” Levels, when my Mum and I went on a “Golden Rail” holiday to Newquay in Cornwall.  The whole point of the holiday was to meet our relative for the […]