Craig Yeats, "Coal Harbour," 2006, 40" x 30", acrylic on canvas.
CRAIG YEATS, Vancouver Paintings
Rendezvous Art Gallery, Vancouver
Opens Feb 6, 2008
By Beverly Cramp
A master of the palette knife, Craig Yeats’ newest acrylic landscapes continue in his expressionist style. “About six or seven years ago I started using the palette knife extensively,” he says. “It’s what distinguishes my work.” Texture, color and design are overriding concerns, though Yeats doesn’t ignore subject matter entirely. “My work isn’t literal, but I get it close enough to the place it represents. I’m trying to get to the heart of the place.” The geographical areas that interest Yeats are often in the greater Vancouver area, and this show will be no exception. It will include paintings from Vancouver-area landmarks like Fishermen’s Cove, Horseshoe Bay, False Creek, Coal Harbor and Vancouver’s Inner Harbor. Boats and sailing are often featured prominently in his work. Yeats began working in watercolours as a teenager, painting ocean scenes from near his West Vancouver neighborhood. It spurred him on to do university studies in fine arts, including an MFA from the University of North Carolina in 1977.
Represented by: Rendezvous Art Gallery, Vancouver; Brights’ Gallery, Burlington, Ontario