Chris Yates and a Skunk at my Door


Chris Yates: John Lennon Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm

“I’m sick to death of seeing things from
Tight-lipped condescending mama’s little chauvinists
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
I’ve had enough of watching scenes from
Schizophrenic egocentric paranoiac primadonnas
All I want is the truth just give me some truth”

– From Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon

I myself have given up on the truth because there isn’t one for any species outside of the human spawn.

It just is. It just is. It just is. What is the “it” in It is raining? Exactly! That’s it, and that’s the truth!

I’m not pretending to make sense because last night my house got skunked, and I don’t think the university scientists have proven this, however, my hypothesis reeks of skunk drain on the brain. The scent messes with the hormones or something like that, and one becomes surly to the extreme. For those of you international painters who never met a skunk at your door, imagine your most despised politician shaking you while yelling up your nostril with 4-hour old chimichanga breath. Then triple the olfactory pain of that experience.

Chris Yates in his own words:

The art I make draws on things I see everyday, such as teeth, people and concrete objects, as well as religion and metaphysical writings. I want people to see the world as I see it. I do not like the way people are judged because of where they live or where they were brought up. Society, in my opinion, should be inclusive and not dictated by a select few.
Each and every painting I make is an attempt to unearth my “real self”. My infatuation with the bizarre and unusual, as you can see, frequently rears its ugly head in my work. It explores the delicate balance between light and dark, life and death, male and female, etc. My work dredges out of my subconscious, the darkest and brightest feelings I have ever had, as well as drawing on the work of other modern artists.
Friends, as well as enemies, frequently crop up in my work which is more concerned with “self discovery” than pleasing a dictatorial art world. Of course, if pushed, I would say my work is concerned with Remodernism, which attempts to bring back the old values of spirituality into art, culture and society.
It is different from modernism insofar as it is not cynical, or some might say, “spirituality bankrupt”. I am opposed to “unmade beds” and “dead fish”. Nevertheless, I welcome the U-turn by Damien Hirst, who is now painting once again. It could be said that Remodernism is an alternative to the established high art hegemony, known as postmodernism, and its institutionalized cynicism and ironic detachment. This was reiterated at The Third Annual Re-modernist Painters Exhibition.
I tread this stony path called Remodernism, and Stuckism is the best vehicle to reach the end.


Chris Yates: George Harrison Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm

Here is Chris at exhibition with a couple other Stuckists presently showing at Quintus Gallery. (315)527-4263. They’re open today and every day until the exhibition closes. Any species can stop by except Mephitis mephitis.