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Peter Yates was probably best known as a big name in the region’s architectural community. As a founder partner of Ryder and Yates, he pioneered some of the best examples of post-war British design and engineering. Behind the architecture, though, Yates was also an extremely accomplished painter, a fact that the Hatton Gallery are celebrating with a showcase of his works starting from Saturday 10th January.

Le Corbusier commented “this boy can see things” after viewing some of Yates’ work. Indeed, Yates’ unprecedented ability to capture the sights of his extensive travels in Europe (across Greece, France and Spain) is the biggest draw to the collection, which spans forty years of his life. Often abstract and sometimes a tinged with childlike wonder, many of Yates’ paintings went on to inspire architectural works, suggesting a firm link between the art forms.

The exhibition is a chance to view underrepresented artworks from one of the most important figures in the region’s architectural and cultural history. It’s a rare opportunity to examine a different aspect of his life and ponder the links between his professional life and personal interests.

Peter Yates: Paintings 1939-1982 is open to the public at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle from Saturday 10th January.

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