Anthony Yates


English painter and printmaker Anthony Yates was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1957. Yates spent his early years living in the inner city and found solace in nature as an escape from city life. It was his inspirations from the natural world that led him to start drawing and painting. 


Though keen to enrol at Art College aged 16, Anthony’s help was needed to support his family’s business, his desire to work in the arts never faltered and in 1974 he was taken on as a Junior Finished Artist. Yates adapted well to the life of a commercial artist and by 1983, aged 25, he had risen to the rank of Studio Manager overseeing a small team. He continued to work in the commercial art field eventually becoming a Creative Director. Before leaving the advertising industry in 1997 his designs were seen in London, Paris, Milan and New York.


Alongside his commercial career, Yates studied at Bournville College of Art, attended weekly life drawing classes and exhibited with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He continued to draw and paint and by the end of the 1990’s was showing regularly in various galleries nationwide. It was now that he began painting full-time. During the years that followed he attracted the attention of London societies and was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2005. Yates was awarded the ‘Best Group of Paintings’ prize in a Mall Gallery exhibition the same year. 


In recent years Yates’ work has been exhibited in  many prestigious galleries including Birmingham Art Gallery and RBSA Gallery. His talent has been recognised through multiple awards including ‘The Artist Magazine Award’ and most recently the Michael Harding award presented to him by Will Gompertz, Arts Editor of the BBC in 2020.


He has works in many private collections both in the UK and abroad including Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy and the USA.