Summer Yates


Contact Information

summer.yates@gmail.com

Phone: (215) 668-4233

http://www.summeryates.org

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

Solo
2017
ConsonanceDissonance, The Project Rooms at Canal Studios, Lambertville, NJ

2009
Houston and Bowery, The Crane Arts Building Philadelphia, PA

Group
2016
Seeds+Soul, Menier Gallery, London, UK

Countryside Gallery, Newtown, PA

Greenwich Art Gala, Greenwich, CT

2015
A Moving Identity, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK

2014
Celebrating Color, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

2013
Phillips Mill 84th Annual Juried Exhibition, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

2012
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

2011
Repetition: Repetition, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2010
Wide Open, Red Hook Pier, Brooklyn, NY

2009
Outdoor Sculpture Show, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, DUMBO, NY

2008
Philadelphia Fringe Festival: Soundhouse, MBN Studios, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Alumnae Exhibition, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

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

2006
Group Show, JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2016
Educator, Childrens Flourishing House, Doylestown, PA

2015
Art Educator, Princeton Junior School, Princeton, NJ

2014
Instructor Youth Arts Program, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2013-2014
Instructor Youth Programs, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

2011-2014
Decorative Artist, H Design, Philadelphia, PA

2001-2017
Decorative Artist, Les Artistes, Philadelphia, PA

2009-2017
Summer Yates: Decorative Artist/Color Consultant, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Artist facilitator/Teacher, Multicultural Youth Exchange, Philadelphia, PA

2001-2005
Scenic Artist, Artists@Work, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2005-2007
Critella Award Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Watercolor Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

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

Lectures and Talks

2006
"Career in the Arts Day”, Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Collections

Mundipharma International , Cambridge, UK

Education

2007
Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Sculpture/Installation

2000
Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting