YATES, Harold Wilfred

1916 - 2001

Army Billet,  near Newtown, Isle of Wight, HQ of Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry, 20 February '43

Born at West Ham, London on 26 June 1916, son of Wilfred Douglas Yates (7 August 1890-1958), an amateur artist who worked as a cartoonist for the trade press, and his wife Elizabeth née Biggs (7 March 1890-1959), who married at West Ham in 1915. Harold studied for 18 months at Portsmouth School of Art 1930-1931 after which he joined a commercial studio as a figure painter but became disillusioned with the disciplines and began to paint abstract works in his spare time. He exhibited with the Artists International Association and the London Gallery with his first solo show at Foyles Gallery in 1935. In 1939 a commercial artist living at 73 Chapel Way, Banstead, Surrey with his parents Wilfred, now a commercial traveller in confectionary, and Elizabeth, incapacitated. His career was interrupted by the army during the Second World War when he did documentary work which was purchased by the War Artists' Advisory Committee, and is now in the Imperial War Museum, at the same time producing pictures with a personal symbolism. After the war he worked as a freelance commercial artist and was on the staff of a London advertising agency, while continuing to paint abstracts in his spare time. Yates had a solo show at the Belgrave Gallery in 1989, and a retrospective at Chappel Galleries in Essex in 1992. He died at Bury St Edmundís, Suffolk in 2001, he was unmarried.




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