Fred Yates was born in 1922 and grew up in Urmston, Manchester.
Untutored, Fred began to paint pictures of the rich industrial architecture of Manchester, the red brick terraces and the commotion and humour of street life – a theme that the artist is still concerned with to this day.
He enrolled on a teacher training course at Bournemouth College of Art and in 1950 won a travelling scholarship to Rome and Florence. He taught for twenty years.
In 1969 Fred gave up teaching and moved to Cornwall to enable him to devote all his energy to painting. He lived at Fowey, St Just and Marazion. He remained in Cornwall until 1998, apart from the years 1990 to 1995, when he lived in Provence (Vaucluse) and Brighton (1994/5).
In 1998 Fred lived in various villages in the Limousin, France. In 2002 he moved to Provence.
Fred Yates died in London 2008ARRANGE VIEWING