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Painter, born in Edinburgh, who graduated from Chelsea School of Art, 1987–91, gaining his master’s at the Royal College of Art, 1991–3, that year winning the Henderson & Parkinson Travel Award. Among his group shows were Spirit of London, South Bank Centre, 1988; Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, 1990; Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Manchester, 1993; Rising Scum, Fab-Co Warehouse, 1998; and Limit-less, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 1999. His solo exhibition at White Cube, 2000, included Tait’s small, schematic portraits, mainly female faces in full view. Painted in expressionistic colours, they were Gothic yet contemporary in style, always with eyes averted, some like death masks, some in jackets hooded like a dark cowl. He had another show, The Burnished Ramp, with White Cube in 2003.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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