Erlend Tait


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.

1992-96 BA Hons. Fine Art (Drawing & Painting) - Gray's School of Art  
2016 'Path of Most Resistance' - FB69 Koln, Germany  
JOINT EXHIBITIONS with Pamela Tait    
2017 'Erlend and Pamela Tait' - An Tobar, Isle of Mull  
2014 'Forgotten Land' - FB69 Koln, 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  
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  
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 Scottish Society of Artists Annual, RSA, Edinburgh  
2011, 2012 Paisley Art Institute Annual, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery  
2011 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  
2015 Apache Award prize - AAS 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  
2015 Inschriach Bothy - The Bothy Project  
Public Art Projects    
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, Germany, New Zealand, UK, USA, UAE