For over four decades Paul Yates has sustained a highly original and compelling creative output attracting an international following of connoisseurs of the Avant-Garde. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Danish and Russian, his paintings feature in important public and private collections and his films have won international awards. Extremely private, he refuses all interviews, preferring to let his works speak for themselves. ‘Studies Towards a New Tarot’, a remarkable series of one hundred and fifty images after the format of the traditional Marseilles Tarot deck of the 17th century, has nothing to do with divination. These images, biographical and re-imagined, spring solely from Yates’ unique way of seeing the world.
Reminiscent of Zen Koans they intrigue and inspire new ways of seeing and thinking. On a visit to Ronda in Spain, Yates came across a dilapidated wooden bench with peeling white paint and crippled joints by moonlight which suggested to him the spirit of Rocinante, Don Quixote’s trusty steed, other studies portray a man using his jacket to Bull-fight The Moon, an Upside-Down Tightrope Walker above the Grand Canal in Venice and the mind bending conundrums of a Pantomime Rocking Horse and One Man Musical Chairs! Yates’s sojourns to the Cot’e D’Azur also enhance the series with Renoir’s Radiator, Chagall’s Cat, Woman in Shower for Matisse, the Boules Queen of St. Paul de Vence and Clown Driving A Hat! ÉTUDES VERS UN NOUVEAU TAROT is testament to Yates’s seemingly limitless imagination and will challenge all who encounter it.
— Lord Glentoran
Études Vers Un Nouvea Tarot
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