Originally from Brighton, Steve Yeates moved to London in 1999 where he studied Fine Art at Central St Martin’s School of Art and where he continues to live and work from his South London studio. Yeates has earned himself a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting figurative sculptors for his innovative use of socially inherent recycled materials such as reconstituted vandalised bus shelter glass & resin, or recycled papier mache paper products.
“My sculptures can display an amazing array of definitive states from tragic and haunting to ethereal and dynamic. One of the lessons of my life has been that its transitions can illustrate to me the inconstant energy that is living in today’s often brutal society. The violence and repercussions are shown in the work made of recycled glass, the brutality of the act is magnified by its consequence. I try to transform that anger into something that is generically positive by molding the glass into shapes of beauty transfixed into statuesque poses reminding us of our inner strength.”