Stephen Yates

Yates Arts

"These paintings are based on a theme that has been recurrent in my work for many years: they suggest forms moving through various atmospheres."

Stephen Yates creates paintings in which the layered brushstrokes describe a sense of light moving through vibrant seas, or a space in which simple shapes drift in a color-suffused atmosphere.

Forms sway in underwater currents or undulate with wind across landscapes or flicker with reflected light as they dart through darkness. A sense of prismatic color, energy, movement, and passage of time inhabit his paintings.

Intentionally non-specific in terms of recognizable images, Stephen Yates' paintings create a specific sense of place and experience.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Contemporary Abstractionists, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, 2016
"Departures and Arrivals: Artists in Abstraction", Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA, 2019, Summer
The Simpson Collection, Jefferson Museum of Art and History, Port Townsend, WA, 2017
Alchemy of the Abstract, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, 2015
1004 Gallery Revisited, Carnegie Public Library, Port Townsend, WA, 2015
The Governors Office, Washington State Art Collection, Olympia, WA, 2013
Van Andel Institute, Research Facility, Grand Rapids, MI, 2009
Microsoft Corporation , Permanent Collection, Redmond, WA, 2001
City of Seattle, Water Department Permanent Collection, Seattle, WA, 1999
Univiversity of Washington - Cascadia Community College , Joint Library Building, Bothell, WA, 2002