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Caroline Yates : Palimpsest




“something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form”

A solo show from Caroline Yates 29th September – 27th October 2017

Private view Friday 29th 7 – 9pm


In this latest body of work Caroline Yates is making a transition from figurative work into abstract. She examines the developmental stages involved in the process, making a palimpsest of the works which lie beneath, as glimpses of hidden layers emerge through intaglio processes – the act of erosion reveals a stain or trace, uncovering or disinterring memories.

Caroline works from her photography in oils on canvas. Resources are comprised of found imagery, super8 or cine film of historical family holidays or entertainment, depicting an age of wistfulness and rudimentary equipment and clothing. Patterns and repeats feature in these works, smudged and distorted as time corrodes their accuracy – the imagery slips off the boundaries asking the viewer to consider an infinite roll of humanity rather than simply a picture confined to a canvas…

A Central St Martins and The Royal College of Art graduate, Caroline Yates also studied fine art printmaking at Camberwell before beginning to paint full time in 2000. Since then, she has exhibited internationally and this year her work ‘Home’ was accepted into the RA Summer Exhibition.

The crowd or gathering is a signature of Caroline’s work; depicting the shapes they form within a space, observing the relationships and choreographic patterns created, be it city commuters or other animals and their behaviour. She is interested in the anonymity of crowds; the security and comfort, or threat and menace of large numbers and the way we, as crowds, are sometimes unwittingly channelled or herded into spaces.


For further information on the show please contact the gallery at or 020 8944 7171.

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