Erlend Tait
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Erlend Tait is a Scottish visual artist based in the Highlands of Scotland. He grew up on the Black Isle, spending holidays in Orkney, then studied Drawing & Painting at Grays school of Art. Following this, he focused his attention on stained glass, or 'painting with light' and learned the ancient techniques of the glass painter-stainer for over 10 years.

From an early age he's been captivated by the mythology and folklore of the Highlands and Islands and many of these tales relate to anthropomorphic deities within the environment. As a result, much of his work combines portraiture with pattern and symbols such as mountains, clouds and birds, and alludes to themes of ideology and transcendence.

In 2005 he returned to the Black Isle with his wife, the artist Pamela Tait (with whom he also collaborates) and now exhibits his drawings, paintings, and stained glass throughout Scotland and abroad.

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EDUCATION    
1992-96 BA Hons. Fine Art (Drawing & Painting) - Gray's School of Art
     
SOLO EXHIBITIONS    
2020 Of Land And Sea - Outré Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2020 Imaginary Friends - FB69 Gallery, Art & Antique Fair Münster, Germany
2019 Imaginary Friends - FB69 Gallery, Münster, Germany
2016 Path of Most Resistance - FB69 Köln, Germany
     
JOINT EXHIBITIONS with Pamela Tait    
2019 Refractor - The Meffan Art Gallery, Forfar
2018 Roots - St Fergus Gallery, Wick
2017 Tales From The North - An Tobar, Isle of Mull
2014 Forgotten Land - FB69 Köln, Germany
2013 guest collaborator, Pamela Tait's Forgotten Land - FB69 Gallery, Germany
2013 Pamela and Erlend Tait - Brown's Gallery, Tain
2013 Duologue - RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2008 Kate Leney Gallery, Mull
     
selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS    
2020 Don't Wake Daddy XV - Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany
2020 ARCANA - Munich / online, Germany
2020 #SeeHerPlay - FB69 Gallery, Münster, Germany
2020 Pandemania - online group show of international artists
2020

Spring Exhibition - The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, England

2019 Don't Wake Daddy XIV - Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany
2019 Utopia – What's Yours? - Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2019 Vanguard - Outré Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Don't Wake Daddy XIII - Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany
2018 Found - An Tobar Art Gallery, Tobermory
2018 Winter Exhibition - Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2018 25th Annivarsary Exhibition - Brown's Gallery, Tain
2017 Look Up To The Sky And See - FB69 Gallery, Germany
2017 Room Of A Thousand Doors - WOW x WOW
2017 Lightning Bolts & Little Sparks - WOW x WOW
2017 A Change of Seasons: Winter into Spring - Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2017 London Art Fair (Compass Gallery) - London
2016 Popsurrealism Group Exhibition - FB69 Koln, Germany
2016 Winter Collection - Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2015 Twenty One And Counting - Brown's Gallery, Tain
2015 Aberdeen Artists' Society - Suttie Art Space, Aberdeen
2015 London Art Fair (Compass Gallery) - London
2014 Cabinet Show: Small Treasures - Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2014 Spring Exhibition - Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
2014 Crows Are Following Us - FB69 Gallery, Germany
2011 Feminality Couples - The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2011 Apartness - Recoat Gallery, Glasgow
2010 Nairn Book & Arts Festival Exhibition
2009, 2010 Fabric of the Land - University of Aberdeen
2009 Winter Show - Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
2007 Drawing - Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow
2007 Mull Birds - An Tobar Arts Centre, Tobermory
2007 Reflections from the Well, 10th Anniversary - An Tobar Arts Centre, Mull
     
selected ANNUAL EXHIBITIONS    
2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 Royal Glasgow Institute Annual, The Mitchell
2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 Royal Scottish Academy Annual, RSA, Edinburgh
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual, RSA
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 Aberdeen Artists' Society Annual, Aberdeen Art Gallery
2010, 2011, 2018, 2019, 2020 Scottish Society of Artists Annual, RSA, Edinburgh
2011, 2012 Paisley Art Institute Annual, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery
2011, 2016, 2019, 2020 Visual Arts Scotland Annual, RSA
2009, 2011 Scottish Drawing Competition (bi-annual), Paisley Museum & Art Gallery
2006, 2007 Aspect Prize, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery
2006 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Painters’ Hall, London
2008 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual, Mall Galleries, London
2006, 2007, 2008 Christmas Exhibition, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
     
Awards    
2020 Elected Professional Member - Society of Scottish Artists
2018 Exhibition Grant - The Bet Low Trust
2018 Meffan Gallery Exhibition Prize - Society of Scottish Artists Open Exhibition
2015 Apache Award prize - Aberdeen Artists Society at the Suttie Art Space Exhibition
2015 Open Project Fund - Creative Scotland
2013 Travel Grant - The Bet Low Trust
2010 Maker of the Month - HI-Arts
2009 Craft Maker Award - Scottish Arts Council / HI-Arts
1995 Gordon Memorial Prize for Painting - Grays School of Art
     
Residencies    
2019-20 Mairi Sawyer Residency, Inverewe Garden
2015 Inschriach Bothy - The Bothy Project
     
Public Art Projects    
2019 Illustrated Talk & Demonstration - Festival Of The Sacred Arts at The Edinburgh Fringe
2017 24 Hour Radio Broadcast - The Dark Outside
2012 TRANSART - Inverness Old Town Art
2007- 08 Stained Glass in Schools - Highland Council
     
Published illustrations    
2012 Yuck 'n Yum - Autumn Issue
2008 Cutting Teeth - Volume 2 Issue 3
     
Collections Aberdeen Asset Management Contemporary Art Collection
  The Bet Low Trust Collection
  Gray's School of Art Collection
  Private collections in Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, USA
   
 
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