Marc Yeats – “I am Nature” / new album inspired by works of Jackson Pollock


Marc Yeats is one of Britain’s acclaimed contemporary classical composers and visual artists, specialising in abstract landscape painting. He is also founder and artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble, illegal harmony.


I am Nature

New album by composer/painter Mark Yeats

Lee Krasner revealed in her 1964 interview for the Smithsonian Institution: ‘When I brought Hofmann up to meet Pollock and see his work…he asked Jackson…do you work from nature? There were no still lifes…or models around and Jackson’s answer was, “I am nature.”

I am Nature, reflects nine specific paintings by Jackson Pollock (1912-56) by extolling musical dualism. Though mutually atonal, one expresses tinctured and augmented harmonic shades; the other, in contradistinction, possesses monolithic and atavistic acuity of register, colour and form: Thematic juxtapositions elicit fusions again, to those familiar with the Yeats works, embodying a salient approach to structure, hue, timbre and dialectic. Consequently, he engages two notional musical modes that actuate transformations consonant with abstract painting techniques; a synthesis and metamorphosis both subtle and vibrant.


The genesis of I am Nature stems from two major influences on the composer. Yeats’ own initial musical experiences delineate nostalgia for the English Pastoral School (exemplified by Bax, Vaughan Williams and Moeran) casting an acute emotional impression and a diametric opposite; matched by his passion for and fascination with avant-garde expressionism and experimentalism awakened from the 1960s and ’70s.

Being also an acclaimed landscape painter Marc Yeats’ work with colour, form and texture inform his ideas on musical construction and content. As his illustrative aptitude intensified he observed:
‘I moved decisively from representational to abstract art. With a rising technical repertoire, so too grew my conviction of creating an individual compositional language by exploring these modes in a musical context. In I am Nature, both threads are transformed through my “painterly ear” to assimilate and evoke a very personal, natural and unselfconscious outpouring of sound.

The compositional logic for I am Nature stems ‘intrinsically from the music itself rather than impacted externality.’ Crucially Yeats reveals, ‘The surface of the music – what is heard – reflects the many routes, systematic and intuitive, that beckon its creation. This surface is the music; its own context, self fulfilling and delighting in the visceral spirit and quality of sound for sounds sake in the same way an artist can relish a particular combination of colours or surfaces as complete in themselves‘. For Yeats, relationships between musical objects arise from a continual process of assimilation whereby the inherent energies and context of sounds designate and hone the destiny and role that each inhabits and exhibits. Namely, the sum of the parts fashion the resultant work. This is the nature of his music – its sound – and the guiding principle for its realisation.


“I am Nature” : a collection of nine individual pieces exploring the musical reaction of composer Marc Yeats to the visual artwork of the American abstract expressionist painter, Jackson Pollock. The music attempts to convey a sense of the painting’s energy and randomising processes.

Download “I am Nature ” here


Outstanding Marc Yeats is represented by art dealers Stampfli & Turci

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~ by Stampfli & Turci on February 16, 2008.

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