Terrell Gates studied on full scholarships with some truly wonderful professors at Yale University and the University of Southern California. While at USC he studied painting and drawing with Francis De Erdely, and sculpture with Merrill Gage and Zakien. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
His interest in the Theatre and Stage Design took him to Yale University, yet again on a full scholarship. He studied Stage and Costume design with the legendary Donald Owenslager, and Frank Bevan. He also studied Painting and drawing in the Yale School of Fine Arts. After three memorable years of study he was presented with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
He is a past member of The Scenic Artist Union, IATSE, and the Dramatists Guild as a writer of Musicals. While painting and designing scenery for all the major TV and Film Studios he also designed and painted scenery for the theatre, including the San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego Opera's. He performed the same duties for the Pasadena and Los Angeles Civic Light Opera's.
He is represented in the collections of Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, Rudolf Nureyev, Joseph Cotten, Joyce Howard, Lila Kedrova, Henry Miller and Vaya Saroukynoff, to name a few. Jan Baum, Frederick Warhanek, G. D. Hitchcock, Edward Myers, and Wayne Curtice, have added his works to their collections.
Terrell Gates comments:
I have been painting, and drawing figures, for over 50 years, and have found that nude figures of females or males are not subjects that most people are ready to hang on their walls. I find that male nudes in particular have a very narrow audience.
Throughout history nude figures have been popular subjects with artists and sculptors but often controversial. The male figure in particular suffers most as a subject, especially in America due most likely to our Puritan beginnings and an aversion to sexuality. To get potential viewers and hopefully clients I have had to, tag, my male figures with the term Homoerotic to attract the most likely audience for my male nudes. I don't consider them erotic and I hope someday nude figures will be considered just another subject, but I don't expect things to change in the immediate future. At least I'm in good company, (Great artists throughout history) with nudes as my favorite subject.
These days the only models I have been able to find have been males. The females are a little reticent to pose nude in my area of the country (Espanola, NM). As a consequence, the majority of the drawings and photographs I have posted are male and most are of my current model who is extraordinary.
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