Fred Yates

Art on This Day


Born on 25 July 1922, Fred Yates was an English painter whose bold style brought him success late in life. Yates grew up in Urmston, a suburb of Manchester. Untutored, but with tremendous self-discipline, Yates painted pictures of the rich industrial architecture of Manchester, the red brick terraces and the commotion and humour of street life.


Yates also taught for twenty years battling continuously against artistic sophistication, as to him beauty resided in “simplicity and a child’s mind”. In 1969 Yates gave up teaching and moved to Cornwall to devote all his energies to painting. While he still painted scenes remembered from his childhood in Manchester, he also worked on sunnier landscapes, new faces and activities that surrounded him.