Marc Yeats: “Sound, as I see it” / Exhibition at Bridport Arts Center

Bridport Art Center

Marc Yeats: “Sound, as I see it”
September 12 – October 17

Privat view – 11 September 6-8pm (click here)

Marc Yeats, one of Britain’s most talented visual artists and internationally acclaimed contemporary classical composer returns to West Dorset, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where, 25 years ago, he was first inspired to paint and compose.

Marc Yeats

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Since he moved to Dorset last year to create work in this new environment, Yeats has aspired to express his deep attachment to this geologically significant area; with his forthcomming solo exhibition at Bridport Arts Center from 12 September to 17 October 2009, this wish will be fulfilled.

His paintings are a blend of image, stratification, geological processes, music and poetry – «Sound as he sees it» – a dynamic explosion of colour fused with waves of energy. Yeats’ expansive and captivating oil paintings are a truly vibrant, soulful experience that take the viewer to a new level of expression and participation.

Yeats has also created a new piece of electroacousmatic music ‘Sound Surface No.1’, especially for this exhibition, that reflects the processes and structures of his visual work.

This music will be playing in the gallery each day.

Marc Yeats

Marc Yeats
Movement from
Oil on mounted board
53.94 x 48.43 inches
© Marc Yeats c/o Stampfli & Turci

  • ‘Sound, as I see it’ – Artist statement

I am a painter and composer. These two areas of creative endeavour are closely linked by techniques and constructions developed over many years with compositions often influencing new approaches to painting just as techniques in painting have influenced my musical development. Understanding, strengthening and utilising this self-referential relationship remains a life-long challenge.

Although interested in surfaces represented in sound, colour, form and texture, the work is further influenced by a fascination with layering, geology, erosion, the universal relationships between macro and micro and the concept of the ‘found object’.

In creating work, both aural and visual, through a process of assimilation, Ideas will literally be ‘thrown about’, layered and spontaneously laid down to produce an environment of possibilities – ‘prima materia’ – from which material can be drawn. Once elements within this environment have been ‘found’, they will be worked-up to become the ‘ultima materia’, resulting in the construction of a painting or piece of music.

When commencing a new work, the end result remains a mystery: Identified only when I arrive at that point – it is a true journey of discovery. I believe this approach to creativity ensures spontaneity, movement, energy and a degree of poetry.

My work, both sound based and visual, is primarily inspired by landscape – but this fascination gravitates around representing landscape in terms of molecular and primal energies rather than recreating what is seen.

Marc Yeats

Marc Yeats
Movement towards no.4
Oil on mounted board
36.22 x 48.03 inches
© Marc Yeats c/o Stampfli & Turci

Marc Yeats

Marc Yeats
Movement towards no.1
Oil on mounted board
48.43 x 57.87 inches
© Marc Yeats c/o Stampfli & Turci

Courtesy Stampfli & Turci
Images © Marc Yeats


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~ by Stampfli & Turci on August 31, 2009.

One Response to “Marc Yeats: “Sound, as I see it” / Exhibition at Bridport Arts Center”

  1. a great artist

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