Debra Yates’ Solo Exhibition of Painting : Intrepid WORK

The Art Place Wynwood, presents Intrepid WORK, a solo exhibition of simple yet strong, large-scale paintings by Debra Yates. 


Exhibition dates:  January 4 – 21, 2013

Opening reception is Thursday, January 10, 6-9 PM

Wynwood Art Walk,  Saturday, January 12, 6-11 PM.  

In the summer of 2012, Debra Yates won ‘Best in Show’ at The Art Place Wynwood’s 1st Annual Juried Painting Show. Now the Key West painter \ spatial designer, returns for a solo show in the Wynwood Art District and puts a modern spin on Abstract Expressionism. 

Growing up in Key West may have provided Yates with island roots, but she is also well traveled. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in advertising design, she studied art history in Florence, Italy, began her design career in New York, and visited her friend and Mentor Roberto Burle Marx, the renowned father of modern landscape architecture & abstract painter, in Brazil annually.

 A recent trip to the Venice Biennale proved to be highly inspirational as well as travels to Montreal & Quebec City this summer with her design partner Ben Burle. Yates enjoys studying art & architecture of public spaces, museums, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Debra recently completed a design book which features her large-scale mosaic murals, and paintings hanging in gardens and interiors she designs. Debra Yates’ visionary design firm Debra Yates Great Space, Inc. has established a design studio In Midtown Miami.

Debra says, “my painting influences my design and my design influences my painting”.

As an artist, Yates is known for the abstract nature of her bold mixed media paintings and mosaics. Yates is inspired by artists such as Jules Olitski, Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly. Richard Diebenkorn, and Robert Motherwell, Large-scale commissions include two paintings she created for the Neiman Marcus Collection, the mosaic-tile semicircular wall at 73rd & Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, the multimedia barricade wall she composed for the Miami International Airport, and the painting which graces the Key West International Airport.

Yates’ large-scale abstract compositions leave a lasting impact. The primitive use of materials and bold strokes of black, create a sophisticated harmony on canvas.  “There is no agenda, nothing is contrived,” says Yates ” Gestures are not premeditated”

Debra Yates has more than earned her prize and has proven to be an exemplary visionary with this body of work where true emotion, movement, and style persist. The Art Place Wynwood is proud to share the pure vision of Debra Yates.

Bravo Debra, We are proud to have you.

Danilo Gonzalez, Director

The Art Place Wynwood

2722 NW 2nd Avenue

Miami, Fl 3312


Intrepid WORK Exhibition dates:  January 4 – 21, 2013

Contact: Molly Bo, Gallery Manager at

Gallery Hours:  Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 1-6 PM; morning and weekends by appointmentImage

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