Zac Yeates’s work strives for a connection with the viewer, exploring personification and human forms using mixed media, mainly gouache and oil pastels, to reveal color-intensive portraits. In his artwork, the artist builds atmospheric worlds that have a sense of familiarity but give the viewer a feeling of uncanniness. Through such an approach, he wants to capture figures who seem out of place in our society but have a belonging to the world in the artwork. Fascinated by ordinary life and elements of pop culture, Yeates evokes a parallel between the absurd and the comedic, a contradiction between the familiar and the strange, and a relationship between the artist and the viewer. These contrasting elements are accentuated with his collage-like technique which as the final objective has the mutual understanding expressed through a knowing smile.
Zac Yeates was born in Western Australia and after studying at Catalyst, Institute for Creative Arts and Technology in Berlin, he is continuing his artistic and life journey in Vilnius, Berlin, and Prague. His work has been presented in Lithuania, France, and Japan.