Artist Statement:

The most frequent question people ask about my artwork has to be, “Why birds?” Well…

The actual concentration on birds occurred as I prepared for my BFA show at SIUE. I discovered that the most successful pieces I had accrued had our little feathered friends as the subject matter. As I experimented with different media and drawing techniques, for continuity, I kept the central theme the same. Over time, my interest in birds grew, and I soon became involved in bird watching and nature photography, as well.

Eventually, the birds in my work began to evolve and change, and more of my personality emerged in the pieces. Sometimes the birds take on human characteristics, and often become effigies of self-portraits. While the content may vary, I generally approach the subject matter in a light-hearted manner.

CV (Curriculum Vitae):

Yates Exhibitions:
2011, Edwardsville Arts Center, “Pots, Prints, Glyphs and Paints” (Edwardsville, IL)
2011, JAC 7th Annual Juried Show (Alton, IL)
2011, St. Louis Community College, “Painting Invitational” (Cottleville, MO)
2011, Adam Bros. Music & Coffee House, (Greenville, IL)
2011, Edwardsville Arts Center, “Trees of Edwardsville” (Edwardsville, IL)
2010, Art St. Louis, “Room with a View” (St. Louis, MO)
2010, JAC 6th Annual Juried Show (Alton, IL)
2010, Jacoby Arts Center, “Character” (Alton, IL)
2010, Sacred Grounds Cafe (Edwardsville, IL)
2010, Edwardsville Arts Center, “Artists of Our Community” (Edwardsville, IL)
2009, Main Street Gallery, “Deck Your Walls” (Edwardsville)
2009, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, IL Group Show Coordinator)
2009, Arteast: Small Works Exhibition, (Alton, IL)
2009, Grace Manor Restaurant, (Edwardsville, IL)
2009, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, “Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition and Exhibition” (Mount Vernon, IL)
2009, JAC 5th Annual Juried Show (Alton, IL)
2009, Edwardsville Arts Center, “EHS Alumni Show” (Edwardsville, IL)
2008, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, IL Group Show Coordinator)
2008, Arteast: Small Works Exhibition, (Alton, IL)
2008, Ten Talents Gallery, (Greenville, IL)
2008, Main Street Community Center, (Edwardsville, IL)
2008, JAC 4th Annual Juried Show (Alton, IL)
2007, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, Group Show Coordinator)
2007, SIUE 50th Anniversary Alumni Show (SIUE, Edwardsville, IL)
2007, JAC 3rd Annual Juried Show (Alton, IL)
2007, Metropolitan Square (St. Louis, MO) Art St. Louis Off-site Exhibition
2007, Kitchen K (St. Louis, MO) Art St. Louis Off-site Exhibition
2006, Art St. Louis, “XXII, The Exhibition”
2006, Fleishman-Hillard (St. Louis, MO) Art St. Louis Off-site Exhibition
2006, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, Group Show Coordinator)
2006, Main Street Gallery, “Small Works Invitational” (Edwardsville, IL)
2006, Art St. Louis, “3 things you should never talk about ” (St. Louis, MO)
2006, Main Street Gallery, “A Touch of Nature” (Edwardsville, IL)
2005, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, Group Show Coordinator)
2005, Fresco Gallery, “Solitary Refinement” (Edwardsville, IL)
2005, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, “Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition
and Exhibition” (Mount Vernon, IL)
2005, THE GALLERY of the University City Public Library, “Her Stuff, His Stuff” (University City, MO)
2004, Clayton World Trade Center (Clayton, MO) Art St. Louis Off-site Exhibition
2004, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, Group Show Coordinator)
2003, Art St. Louis “XIX, The Exhibition” (St. Louis, MO)
2003, St. Louis Development Corporation (St. Louis, MO) Art St. Louis Off-site Exhibition
2003, Arteast Exhibition (Edwardsville, IL)
2003, Sacred Grounds Cafe (Edwardsville, IL)
2003 St. Louis Artists’ Guild, “All Things Considered” (St. Louis)
St. Louis Artist’s Guild, “Prints Drawings & Pastels Exhibition” (St. Louis, MO, Honorable Mention)
Northside Art Association, Annual Grumbacher Awards (Florissant, MO, Best of Show)
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, “Lines of Distinction” (St. Louis, MO)
Southern Illinois Unversity Edwardsville, “Technical Fowl” BFA Show (Edwardsville, IL)
Southern Illinois Unversity Edwardsville, “SIUE Undergraduate Show” (Edwardsville, IL)
Southern Illinois Unversity Edwardsville, “SIUE Undergraduate Show” (Edwardsville, IL)
Southern Illinois Unversity Edwardsville, “SIUE Undergraduate Show” (Edwardsville, IL)

David Yates Website:

http://davidmyates.com

Portfolio:

Grackle & Hide

Just a Little Cuckoo

Peck, Peck, Peck