Renny Tait was born in Scotland in 1965. He studied at the
Edinburgh College of Art (1983-88), the Royal College of Art
(1988-90) and the British School in Rome ( 1990-91). His work is
included in a number of private and public collections including
the Royal College of Art and the Tate Collection.
Tait began his career as an abstract painter, and still approaches
his work with an abstract artist's mentality. This is evidenced in
his propensity to reduce forms to their bare geometry and flatten
the picture plane to accentuate the edges of the canvas. Tait is
also deeply conscious of the great tradition of painting and looks
to the Old Masters, most notably, Giovanni Bellini, Titian and
Poussin, for inspiration. This underlying structure, supported by
the artist's classical skill and painterly sensibility, creates a
visual harmony that is both powerful and seductive.