Neal Tait  (British, 1965) 


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Neal Tait Biography
1965   Born in Edinburgh, Neal Tait studied at Chelsea School of Art and then the Royal College of Art, where he graduated in 1993.
1987 - 1991   Chelsea School of Art , London (BA )
1991 - 1993   Royal College of Art, London (MA)
1993   Henderson & Parkinson Travel Award
2001   Residency British School at Rome
  For his exhibition at White Cube in February 2000 he presented a series of paintings of individual heads. Each painting depicted a character that appeared sealed in and self-contained. The most distinctive element in these pictures is that the character’s eyes are always averted, making the people seem unavailable, refusing the gaze of the viewer. As well as this, their features are variously reduced, schematised, bleached out or latent beneath mask-like layers of translucent paint. Tait often works from various types of source material – an image in a magazine, a sketch from the imagination, or as is most often the case, a photograph. He often re-works paintings over a length of time, adding and subtracting elements according to the internal dynamic of the painting, which is sometimes bold and at other times obscure. In the past, Tait has explored a series of given, irreducible structures such as a group of suburban houses, simplified to their most basic elements – four walls, a window and a roof. Tait also makes gouaches that present corners of the everyday world, the clutter of a living room, a scout’s hut in a playing field, a birdhouse, an old television set, the overlooked things on the periphery of our vision.
  Tait’s pictures demonstrate his concern with painting as an exploratory process, whereby meaning can be suggested through the handling of paint itself. In his recent paintings, large areas of canvas remain blank creating the feeling of open-ended, expanded works which seem to suggest many different narratives; transparent washes and thin skeins of paint describing simple, informal structures. There is a distillation at work, where a thought process has been reduced to an ineffable subject, darkly emotional and suggestive of a burgeoning psychological drama. Often displaying an extreme version of figuration using a flat and reduced palette, they push the limits of representation.
  Tait has exhibited at various venues internationally. Solo exhibitions include White Cube, London (1999 and 2002), Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf (2002 and 2004), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2002) and Monica da Cardenas, Milan (2004). In 2000 Tait was awarded the British School at Rome Fellowship.
  Lives in London
Selected Exhibitions
2011   Works of Paper, ACME., Los Angeles
2011   Among Flesh, Alison Jacques, London
2011   Der Menschen Klee, Kunst Im Tunnel, Dusseldorf
2011   Watercolour, Tate Britain, London
2011   Works of Paper, ACME., Los Angeles, CA
2010   The Milkplus Bar, Josh Lilley Gallery, London
2010   Kupferstichkabinett - Between Thought & Action, White Cube, London
2010   Once, Removed, Apartment Gallery, Athens
2010   What Have I Done? Fine Art Society, London
2009   TURPS BANANA 1, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
2009   TURPS BANANA 2, Galleria Marabini, Milan, Italy
2009   Les Toits de Parise, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
2008   Paintings: 1936-2008, The Approach, London

2008   Sies + Hoke Galerie, Dusseldorf (solo)
2008   The Dressmaker Who Lived on The Outskirts, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (solo)
2008   Drawings, North Gallery, ACME, Los Angeles (solo)
2007   Very abstract and hyper figurative, Section III, Department of Pigments on Surface, Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities, London
2007   Tambalamb, ACME., Los Angeles (solo)
2007   Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane, London

2006   Now is the discount of our winter tents, White Cube, London (solo)
2006   Dark Mutter, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
2006   About Painting, Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen
2006   John Baldessari / Neal Tait, Museum Dhondt-Daenens, Deurle, Belgium
2005   Hoch hinaus, Kunstmuseum Thun, Schweiz
2005   Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy, London
2005   If not that then this, Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf
2004   Der gute Schmerz, Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf (solo)
2004   Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Mailand
2004   Eclipse, White Cube, London (u.a. mit Mona Hartoum, Sergej Jensen, Darren Almond, Cerith Wyn Evans, Isa Genzken)
2004   She's come unedone,Artemis Greenberg van Doren, New York
2004   Direct Painting, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
2004   Neal Tait, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan (solo)
2003   The Burnished Ramp, White Cube, London (solo)
2003   Dirty Pictures, The Approach, London (group)
2003   The Burnished Ramp, White Cube, London
2003   Dirty pictures, The Approach, London
2002   Paintings on the move, Kunsthalle Basel
2002   The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (solo)
2002   Sies + Hoke Galerie, Dusseldorf (solo)
2002   In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London (group)
Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (group)
2002   Neal Tait, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (solo)
Neal Tait, Sies + Hoke Galerie, Dusseldorf (solo)
2001   Abbild. Recent Portraiture and depiction, Steiriscerrbst, Landesmuseum, Graz (group)
2000   Drawings, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv (group)
Salon, Delfina Project Space, London (group)
Hellseher, Konkordiastr, Dusseldorf (group), Mellow birds, Underwood Street, London (group)
Cheated, A22 Projects, Laystall Street, London (group)
2000   Painting, White Cube, London (solo)
2000   Painting, White Cube, London (solo)
1999   Limit-less, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna (group)
1998   Rising Scum, Fab-Co Warehouse, Brixton, London (group)
1997   Election Night, Poster Gallery, London (collaboration) (group)
1996   Untitled, Mallow Street, London (group)
1995   Unplugged, Peckham Road, London (group)
1994   Miniatures, The Agency, London (group)
1993   Whitworths Young Contemporaries, Manchester Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London (group)
XIXI, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (group)
1993   Cottage, Union Street, London (solo)
1993   XIXI; Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
1991   Germinations, Lugwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; Budapest, Hungary (group)
1990   Arteries, Huntington Gallery, Boston (group)
Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London (group)
1989   Whitworths Young Contemporaries, Manchester (group)
1988   Spirit of London, South Bank Centre, London (group)