Steve Yeates was born in 1972, and throughout his career has developed a niche he enjoys. He began with a Fine Art foundation at Hastings College of Art, moving on to an HND Photography at Medway College of Art 1987. He has been an Assistant Photographer and a Professional Advertising Photographer. He has gained a BA(hons) in Fine Art Majoring in Sculpture at St Martin’s and has been a full time artist since 2002.
Steve creates ‘dynamic and passionate figurative sculpture made from socially inherent recycled materials’. Working in figurative sculpture allows Steve to challenge the preconception of figurative art while continuing his belief in the use of recycled materials and its inherent methodology.a
His sculptures can display an amazing array of definitive states from tragic and haunting to ethereal and dynamic. One of the lessons of Steve’s life has been that its transitions can illustrate the inconstant energy that is living in today’s often brutal society.
The violence and its repercussions are shown in the work made of recycled glass, the brutality of the act is magnified by its consequence. Steve insists that he always tries to transform that anger to something that is generically positive, by moulding the glass into shapes of beauty transfixed into statuesque poses reminding us of our inner strength.
Today, through continued experimentation and development, Steve has been pushing the boundaries of papier mache into exciting and innovative directions, while continuing the theme of recycling. Steve has been exploring various social issues such as homelessness and housing commenting from personal perspective using homeless information leaflets and housing benefit forms.
The techniques Steve has developed, enable him to use almost any disposable paper based products.