Painter, sculptor, designer and teacher, born in Staffordshire, who, after playing in an orchestra during National Service, rejected a musical career in favour of art. Yale attended Stourbridge College of Art, 1952–6, then the Royal College of Art, 1958–62, where he gained a prize and postgraduate scholarship. Lectured at Hornsey College of Art, 1962–8; became an artist/environmental designer in the Greater London Council architect’s department, 1968–86; in 1986 was a visiting lecturer, Clemson University, South Carolina; lectured part-time at Sir John Cass College, 1987; and in 1988 became a full-time artist. Commissions included Greater London Council, 1984, to paint the Thames Barrier, to mark its official opening, and a major sculpture for London Docklands Development Corporation, 1988.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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