‘AND, NOT’ by Erlend Tait
Artist: Erlend Tait
Title: ‘AND, NOT’
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour Paper
Dimensions: 22.5” x 15”
Year of Creation: 2017
About the Artwork:
“I work primarily in the mediums of drawing, painting and stained glass, and my techniques in each inform my approach to the others. Process is very important, and I’m also interested in the origin of ideas: Is reality illusory, and if so, how do we create these illusions?
‘AND, NOT’ is my latest painting and has something to do with combinations and mismatches, relationships and transformation. It alludes to both my life-long fascination with the stone icons of ancient cultures, and the Universal Systems model of which there are four basic elements: input, process, output and feedback.” – Erlend Tait
About the Artist:
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.