Erlend Tait

Born in 1974 and raised in Northern Scotland, Erlend Tait received his BA Honours from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, where he specialised in Drawing and Painting. He then spent nine years working in Edinburgh at one of Scotland’s leading stained glass studios, learning the ancient techniques of glass painting and staining, and was involved in many prestigious restoration and design projects.

He now exhibits extensively throughout Scotland and abroad and his work is held in numerous collections around the world. Erlend Tait lives and works on the Black Isle with his wife, the artist, Pamela Tait, with whom he also collaborates.

From an early age he has been fascinated by the mythology and folklore of the Highlands and Islands. Many of these tales relate to anthropomorphic deities within the environment and as a result much of his work combines portraiture with pattern and symbolism. These symbols are inspired by surroundings and obsessions and allude to themes of ideology and transcendence.

Within my artistic practice, drawing and stained glass have a natural affinity through the elements of line, tone and colour. Likewise, my oil and acrylic painting techniques are very much informed by my years of painting vitreous paints and silver stains on coloured glass, and I’m continually experimenting with this process-loop.