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Neal TAIT Drive Thru Boy 2008 oil on canvas 10 x 1...

Neal TAIT
Drive Thru Boy
2008
oil on canvas
10 x 14 inches; 26 x 36 cm

Neal TAIT Untitled (caged head) 2008 acrylic and t...

Neal TAIT
Untitled (caged head)
2008
acrylic and tempera with collage on paper
25 5/8 x 19 inches; 65.1 x 48.3 cm (framed)
23 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches; 59.1 x 41.9 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Country Booby 2008 tempera and acrylic o...

Neal TAIT
Country Booby
2008
tempera and acrylic on linen
20 x 20 inches; 51 x 51 cm

Neal TAIT Untitled (Dolly) 2008 oil on linen 17 x...

Neal TAIT
Untitled (Dolly)
2008
oil on linen
17 x 15 inches; 43.2 x 38.1 cm

Neal TAIT Toits de Parise 2008 acrylic and tempera...

Neal TAIT
Toits de Parise
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
18 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches; 47.9 x 65.1 cm (framed)
16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches; 41.9 x 59.1 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Profiteroles 2008 acrylic and tempera on...

Neal TAIT
Profiteroles
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 41 x 32.7 cm (framed)
13 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches; 34.9 x 27.3 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Procession 2008 oil on linen 24 x 24 inc...

Neal TAIT
Procession
2008
oil on linen
24 x 24 inches; 61 x 61 cm

Neal TAIT Pardot 2008 acrylic and tempera on paper...

Neal TAIT
Pardot
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 41 x 32.7 cm (framed)
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches; 35 x 27 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT R Kid 2008 oil on linen 20 x 16 inches;...

Neal TAIT
R Kid
2008
oil on linen
20 x 16 inches; 51 x 40.6 cm

Neal TAIT Sailors Gossip 2008 acrylic and tempera...

Neal TAIT
Sailors Gossip
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 41 x 32.7 cm (framed)
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches; 34.9 x 27 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Deluge 2008 oil on canvas 24 x 17 3/4 in...

Neal TAIT
Deluge
2008
oil on canvas
24 x 17 3/4 inches; 61 x 45 cm

Neal TAIT Drive Thru Boy 2008 oil on canvas 10 x 1...

Neal TAIT
Drive Thru Boy
2008
oil on canvas
10 x 14 inches; 26 x 36 cm

Neal TAIT Untitled (caged head) 2008 acrylic and t...

Neal TAIT
Untitled (caged head)
2008
acrylic and tempera with collage on paper
25 5/8 x 19 inches; 65.1 x 48.3 cm (framed)
23 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches; 59.1 x 41.9 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Country Booby 2008 tempera and acrylic o...

Neal TAIT
Country Booby
2008
tempera and acrylic on linen
20 x 20 inches; 51 x 51 cm

Neal TAIT Untitled (Dolly) 2008 oil on linen 17 x...

Neal TAIT
Untitled (Dolly)
2008
oil on linen
17 x 15 inches; 43.2 x 38.1 cm

Neal TAIT Toits de Parise 2008 acrylic and tempera...

Neal TAIT
Toits de Parise
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
18 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches; 47.9 x 65.1 cm (framed)
16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches; 41.9 x 59.1 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Profiteroles 2008 acrylic and tempera on...

Neal TAIT
Profiteroles
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 41 x 32.7 cm (framed)
13 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches; 34.9 x 27.3 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Procession 2008 oil on linen 24 x 24 inc...

Neal TAIT
Procession
2008
oil on linen
24 x 24 inches; 61 x 61 cm

Neal TAIT Pardot 2008 acrylic and tempera on paper...

Neal TAIT
Pardot
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 41 x 32.7 cm (framed)
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches; 35 x 27 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT R Kid 2008 oil on linen 20 x 16 inches;...

Neal TAIT
R Kid
2008
oil on linen
20 x 16 inches; 51 x 40.6 cm

Neal TAIT Sailors Gossip 2008 acrylic and tempera...

Neal TAIT
Sailors Gossip
2008
acrylic and tempera on paper
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 41 x 32.7 cm (framed)
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches; 34.9 x 27 cm (unframed)

Neal TAIT Deluge 2008 oil on canvas 24 x 17 3/4 in...

Neal TAIT
Deluge
2008
oil on canvas
24 x 17 3/4 inches; 61 x 45 cm

Biography

Diverse in palette and composition, Neal Tait’s paintings and drawings explore tensions between the figurative and the abstract, the beautiful and the grotesque, the logical and the absurd. Frequently based on found materials and media such as photographs, magazines and newspapers, his works provide glimpses into a dreamlike parallel universe, one that evokes the rhetorical logic of fairy tales or the absurdist humor of Surrealism. While traces of the figurative can be found in many of the artist’s works, Tait’s compositions do not follow an obvious storyline nor adhere to logical interpretation. Rather, like the memory of a dream, they exist on the outskirts of conscious understanding, occupying the space somewhere between physical reality and the subconscious.

Born in 1965 in Edinburgh, Tait lives and works in London. He received a BFA from London’s Chelsea School of Art in 1991, and an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 1993. In 2001, he participated in an artist residency at the British School at Rome.


In 2006, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium presented an important solo exhibition of Tait’s paintings entitled, Dark Mutter. His work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions including Watercolour at Tate Britain in London (2011), A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Lyon Biennale in France (2011), Hoch Hinaus at Kunstmuseum Thun in Switzerland (2005), Direct Painting at Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany (2004), and Painting on the Move at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (2001), among others.
 

Exhibitions