Splotches, Smears, Accidents, and Monsters
The Art of Richard F. Yates

Jul
22

Fun!

yard art sale - july 2019 (slide show)

—Richard F. Yates

Apr
19

No longer with Matter Gallery. Fun run, sold a few things, but it’s tough for a painting of a one eyed monster on a cereal box to compete for attention with a bench made out of gun barrels or an eight foot tall lamp made out of hub-caps that looks like the Space Needle.

I do have a show coming up that runs from July until September at The Matrix Coffee Shop in Chehalis, WA. It’s a group show, which is cool. If you’re in the northwest, stop in.

In the meantime, I’m still painting and drawing, and writing, and editing, and all that jazz. Check out some of that stuff, primarily my weirdo short stories and digital drawings, at The Primitive Entertainment Workshop!

primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com

—Richard

Jan
19

Greetings Citizens,

It has been far too long since I’ve updated this site. I’ve been busy editing a collection of West Coast Prose and Poetry with a colleague at WSU, Vancouver; working on new paintings; and–most exciting at the moment–putting the finishing touches on a dozen paintings and drawings which are now in the hands of Jo Gallaugher at The Matter Gallery in Olympia, Washington, USA. Click the link to see the cool goings on being perpetrated right here in the Northwest:

Matter!

It’s a “green” gallery, meaning that the artists featured all use found and repurposed materials. (I use cereal boxes and recycled cardboard on a regular basis, and all of the frames Mariah and I built for the works we just delivered are made out of repurposed construction materials.) The gallery also has a Facebook page that you can access from the main website. Stop by and give them a look. I know you won’t be sorry!!!

Aug
09

The first two paintings here, “Red Monster Stalks Blue Ghost” and “Acid Rain,” where completed the day before the Gonzo Art Show. The next two were finished in the first week of August 2010.

“Red Monster Stalks Blue Ghost”

acrylic on canvas panel

“Acid Rain”

acrylic on canvas

“Radio Towers”

oil pastel and water color on recycled paper

“More Ghosts”

pencil, wax pencil, oil pastel, and water color on paper

Aug
09

All of these works are ink on paper. They were created without premeditation or sketches, usually letting the pen move where it wanted to move. Once the ink hit the paper, I tried to give shape to some lines, but most of these drawings (and I’ve done several dozen now) were completed in just a few seconds.

Aug
09


Acrylic on recycled board

Jul
29

On Sunday, July 18th (2010), a group of about 100 people gathered at my home to celebrate the birth of Hunter S. Thompson (although that was actually a ruse! Really, it was my birthday, plus I wanted an excuse to make everyone look at my artwork.) I invited anyone who wanted to contribute to the art show to bring their work, and we had over two hundred items on display throughout the day: drawings, paintings, collages, t-shirts, costumes, puppets, written works, and more. (Of the 200+ pieces, however, all but about thirty of them were mine.) We had a bar-b-que, three different DJs played music, we had a large canvas for people to draw or paint on, and we had a healthy supply of booze to help fule the community spirit. Everyone seemed to have fun, and although the party was officially supposed to end at 6:00 PM, we had stragglers until well after dark who just couldn’t get enough of the good times!!!

This is the display we had set up next to the sign in table

Below are photos of most of the artwork on display at the show. Regrettably, not every piece that was exhibited was photographed, but I would like to thank everyone who brought artwork, and everyone who came to look, for their time and participation! Hopefully, we’ll see everyone again next year!

Jul
29

These photos are primarily oil pastel and/or water color works on either paper or (frequently recycled) cardboard, although there are a couple of ink and pencil drawings thrown in for balance. One of these pieces, “Swamp Life” (the large red, blue, and yellow water color piece in the 7th and 8th photographs below), sold at the show.

Jul
29

Jul
29

All of these works are either acrylic or oil pastel on canvas or canvas panels. Two of these pieces, “Anxiety” (second piece from the right in the first photo) and “Adventure Story” (second piece from the left in the third photo), sold at the show.