‘Encephalogram 2’ by Erlend Tait
Artist: Erlend Tait
Title: ‘Encephalogram 2’
Medium: Oil and brass pins on paper on panel
Dimensions: 11.75″ x 11.75″
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“When I was young I would see twinkling lights in front of me, quite randomly. I was sent to have my brain examined which involved sitting in a large, wooden throne resembling an electric chair, and having a net of electrodes attached to my head. The cables travelled from my head towards another room where (I could see through the separating screen) a person in a white coat worked busily.
‘Encephalogram 2’ is a reworking of a painting I made a year ago, at the beginning of the pandemic. I wanted to create something new from it; to put that behind me; and to make something better.” – Erlend Tait
About the Artist:
Born in 1974, Erlend Tait grew up in the north of Scotland and received his BA Hons in Fine Art from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, where he specialised in Drawing and Painting. He then spent seven years working in Edinburgh at one of Scotland’s leading stained glass studios where he learned the ancient techniques of the glass painter-stainer.
Both traditions of oil painting and stained glass inform his current practice, which combines portraiture of imagined people with pattern and symbolism. These symbols are inspired by his surroundings and obsessions and allude to themes of ideology and transcendence.
Craftsmanship and materials are integral elements of his work – whether incorporating various metals into his oil paintings; glazing multiple paint layers; or engraving, painting and staining coloured glass, the overlapping processes also dictate the outcome to a large degree.
Erlend exhibits his drawings, paintings and stained glass internationally and is included in numerous collections around the world. He lives on the Black Isle with his wife, the artist, Pamela Tait, with whom he also collaborates and exhibits regularly.