Erlend Tait – Of Land And Sea
Outré Gallery Fitzroy
31 July – 19 Aug 2020
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 Gray's 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.
Of Land And Sea focuses on the Selkie-folk of Orkney, patterns inspired by the sea and the lunar cycle, and the flora of Scotland.
Read our interview with Erlend to learn more about his art practice.
Artworks will appear below from 7:00am on Friday, 31 July 2020.