Cullen Yates (born Owen Yates) was an American painter and one of the founding members of the Old Lyme colony painters. He studied Impressionism under William Merritt Chase.
He was a native of Ohio and decided to pursue his studies in New York. At the age of 25, he was admitted to the National Academy of Design and acquired housing near the Shinnecock Hills art colony, located on Long Island.
He had the opportunity to travel to Paris to study at the Academie Julian, the Academie Colorossi and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Cullen Yates applied himself with a rare vigor. He attended all three schools simultaneously, dividing them between the morning, afternoon and night.
Upon returning to the United States, he became a teacher in Ohio. He realized, however, that the east coast was much more rich with contacts and eventually chose to move back to New York where he became acquainted with the artists who would eventually form the Old Lyme colony. He appears in the famous "Fox Chase" painting in the Griswold house were the boarders stayed for the season. He is depicted running madly after the fox, his grey suit nonetheless clean and crisp and his collar starched.