Neal Tait was born in 1965 in Edinburgh and lives and works in London.
Tait creates drawings and paintings of alternative universes in which his figures and objects are part of a parallel visual system. He uses several narratives within one portrait or scene, using a dream-like aesthetic to convey the absurd, non-sensical logic of his work. Here, the everyday object is depicted next to the somnambulistic so that abstraction and beauty are met by figuration and disquiet.
He has exhibited in international group exhibitions such as Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, 2002: Direct Painting, Kunsthalle Mannheim, 2004 and Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane, London, 2007. Solo exhibitions include The Burnished Ramp, White Cube, London, 2003; Neal Tait, Sies + Höke Galerie, Dusseldorf, 2005 and Tambalamb, ACME, Los Angeles, 2007.
LONDON TWELVE neither aims to present this environment in its completeness, nor to chart its apex. Instead, the curator has taken a subjective approach, introducing a group of artists whose output has captured his interest over the last year. As such it gives a glimpse of what is happening from one persons viewpoint, a snapshot of a dynamic and subjective set of dispersed and interlocking artistic activities. The exhibition juxtaposes generations, as well as established and emerging artists. The works are presented aesthetically in order to take advantage of the unique character and nature of the Stone Bell building. However, there are threads and themes that run through the show, namely abstraction, identity, technology, history, and nature.
Courtship of the Peoples is a large group exhibition of works on paper that explore the pursuit of affection and the idea of personal correspondence. The exhibition begins by inviting a group of artists who in turn propose one other artist with whom they would like to invite to exhibit alongside; creating a visual dialogue.
It is the second in a series of large group exhibitions at Simon Oldfield which began in 2011 with Friendship of the Peoples,co-curated with Tim Ellis.
This important exhibition of new and recent paintings explores the elusive relationship between the real and the imagined; an unresolved entanglement. Figuration and abstraction fuse at the intersection of symbolism and realism; presenting an enchantment of mesmeric paintings.
June 30, 2010Once Removed at The Apartment
See Neal Tait among other artists in group show Once Removed, curated by gallery artist Daniel Sturgis and being shown at The Apartment until 30th September 2010.
For this show at The Apartment, Sturgis has brought together a number of established and mid-career artists, who critically mine the history of painting and the modernist cannon, bringing out questions on the nature of representation.
See images and read the official press release of the exhibition on our blog entry.