Summer Yates

Contact Information

Phone: (215) 668-4233

Philadelphia, PA

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Gallery Affiliation

NW Gallery, Cambridge, UK

Artist's Statement

My paintings document an ability to liberate my internal conflicts by transforming them through the visceral task of painting. Each work tells a story, but my imagery does not resonate as just one thing. Both familiar and enigmatic at the same time, each time you look, you see something new. The whimsical atmospheres I create are characterized by the unification of my adolescent and adult states of being. A celebration of dark and light, joy and sadness, or fear and fearlessness erupt in the form of stories, densely laden with ominous images cloaked in illuminated shapes and textures. My rhythmic appetite is fed by my physical approach to mark making and results in the appearance of a visual dance. A process of painting based on a foundation of formlessness shaped by color compels me to build and strip layers of paint that seems to exist in parallel universes, as I endlessly search for the spirit of what is not yet revealed. We (the paintings and I) are in a constant state of dissolution and creation. I allow my construction process to bleed through so that there is a sense of interpretative mobility, a door left ajar…. just enough visual information for you to recognize a symbol or a mood and experience it in your own memory. In a dreamlike fashion, not only do seemingly incompatible parts fit together, but also their potency relies on their close proximity to one another. The pulse of a realized artwork surfaces amidst the remnants of effort and stillness at play during its creation. Ultimately, the work acts as a buffer, so that I may reconnect with my cosmic self. From this vantage point, I see my paintings as a mirror, reflecting the possibility of the connectedness of all things. If you find yourself lingering, it may be because you see yourself in them…

Selected Exhibitions

ConsonanceDissonance, The Project Rooms at Canal Studios, Lambertville, NJ

Houston and Bowery, The Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Seeds+Soul, Menier Gallery, London, UK

Countryside Gallery, Newtown, PA

Greenwich Art Gala, Greenwich, CT

A Moving Identity, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK

Celebrating Color, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Phillips Mill 84th Annual Juried Exhibition, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

WHYY Creative Connectors Festival, WHYY Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Oxford Mills Factory, Philadelphia, PA

Art In The Open, Schuylkill River Banks, Philadelphia, PA

Art In The Open: The Exhibit, The Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Repetition: Repetition, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Wide Open, Red Hook Pier, Brooklyn, NY

Outdoor Sculpture Show, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, DUMBO, NY

Philadelphia Fringe Festival: Soundhouse, MBN Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Alumnae Exhibition, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

Thesis Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Group Show, JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

Educator, Childrens Flourishing House, Doylestown, PA

Art Educator, Princeton Junior School, Princeton, NJ

Instructor Youth Arts Program, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Instructor Youth Programs, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

Decorative Artist, H Design, Philadelphia, PA

Decorative Artist, Les Artistes, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Yates: Decorative Artist/Color Consultant, Philadelphia, PA

Artist facilitator/Teacher, Multicultural Youth Exchange, Philadelphia, PA

Scenic Artist, Artists@Work, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

Critella Award Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Watercolor Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Peters Award, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

"Career in the Arts Day”, Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA


Mundipharma International , Cambridge, UK


Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Sculpture/Installation

Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting