These strong, vibrant, compositions are the culmination of a 30 year career as an abstract painter. “I feel like I have been painting my whole life” says Yates. “Being creative is a need for me”.
As a minimal modernist, Yates explores the act of painting as a process of restrained intent, using the idea of less is more.”I always strive for a feeling of balance even when the motion is chaotic.”
Graceful elongated lines of poured black traverse the canvas adding weight and a focal point to the proceedings. Whites are layered with bold reds and silver. The work is formed as it is painted. Gestures are not premeditated. The paintings are more about the experience than a statement of intent. Circles happen
The paintings seem spontaneous and primitive, while creating a sophisticated harmony.
My processes and style draw inspiration from great artists such as Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell and Cy Twombly. I am trying to create a new dialogue and an awareness back to modern abstract painting.
In this age of gimmicks and one hit wonders I, like many other great painters of our time, have no agenda, no subject matter. There are no parallels to the human condition or analysis of a greater sense of being due to the revolution of the earth in my works, you are simply left with a strong piece of art which is authentic, with genuine grandeur.
My signature use of applied materials such as duct tape, screening, and patina copper, have been integral to the compositions since 1983 when I began visiting Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian abstract painter, the father of modern landscape architecture and a true renaissance man.
The late Roberto Burle Marx, one of my dearest friends and mentor continues to inspire my paintings and subtropical modernist design style.
I am not just in the studio, but also on jobsites and rendering site plans for clients. “My art inspires my design and my design inspires my art”, says Yates.
By traveling to the newest hip hotels, museums or public spaces, I strive to reach new heights of creative expression, which is vital to the success of my work.
Profound use of color and bold unexpected movement throughout all my paintings, mosaics and designs truly characterize my coined expression,
THE ART OF SPACE.
After showing my large-scale work at Barbara Gilman Gallery, Miami, during the 1980’s and 1990’s, I returned to my Key West roots in 1997 and now paint in my Key West studio. And frequent Miami for design projects and art shows.
“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
– Frida Kahlo
“ Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes.” – Frances Bacon