About / Bio / CV

Malcolm Tait is an artist based in Addlethorpe, Lincolnshire in the UK, and has been creating art since graduating in Fine Art from the University of Lincoln in 2006 at the age of fifty six.

His work is a versatile and eclectic mix of painting, installation and assemblage.  This variety stems from his life experience in many occupations which include, publican, mini cab driver, lobster fisherman, factory worker, picture framer, chef. People have always fascinated him, how they conceive of themselves, the choices they make, how they come to hold the views they do but in this drive to understand others he found he could only honestly know himself, so almost all his work is in some larger or smaller way is autobiographical.

His early paintings are primarily in oils but he now paints only in acrylics since resuming his practice after a serious illness (IPF), a lung transplant and recuperation from early 2018  – mid 2020. This episode has led to a sharpening of his focus on what he now creates.

Having drawn since he could hold a pencil at the age of four, drawing is an essential element in his practice, the making stems from an equally early experience of creating small clay objects out of mud from a “wee burn” at the age of five near the village of Newcastleton.

As well as drawing, other elements in key to his practice today are colour, figurative work and assemblage.

When “looking” he sees colour as a negative quality, if you see a green bush, it is because the bush reflects the green light from the spectrum of light it does not possess greenness, and what it reflects and the amount of other colours that it reflects help to visualise shape, but colour also informs emotional responses garnered from our experiences through life. Artists that inform his work in this field are Gerhard Richter, Bridget Reilly, Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns to name but a few.

The figurative work stems from a simple love of recreating what he sees in the world on a two dimensional surface something he has relished all his life and continues to appreciate more and more, now exploring gestural marks and strong brushstrokes adding emotion and angst to the work. Early inspirations were Rubens, Titian and Goya now a primary driver of this style are the portraits of Alberto Giacometti and the later works of John Bellany.

In assemblage and making he explores the meaning located in objects, this meaning gained from history and learned experience and how the combination of various objects can lead to an expression of something completely unrelated but still relevant to the human experience. Two of the major artistic influences in this field come from Naam Gabo and Barry Flanagan.

He has received three awards from Arts Council England Grant for three projects “This is My Life”. in 2016, “The Quest of Alonso Quijano” in 2009 and “In search of Albion” in 2007. He was also winner of the South Holland Open in 2005 and the Burden Open in 2008. He has exhibited throughout the UK and sold work worldwide.

“Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks so is he”. Pliny the Elder Died AD 7

Post-Transplant CV:

Exhibtions:

June 2021: In Search of the Purple Fish” Solo exhibition at the North Sea Observatory                              Gallery, Chapel St. Leonards.

Aug. 2020: “In Search of the Purple Fish” Solo exhibition at the North Sea Observatory                              Gallery, Chapel St. Leonards. (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic).

Pre Transplant CV:

Awards:

Aug. 2016: Arts Council England Grant for project “This is My Life”.
Aug. 2009: Arts Council England Grant for installation “The Quest of Alonso Quijano….”
July 2007: Arts Council England Grant  for project “In search of Albion”

Competitions
January 2008: Winner of the South Holland Open, South Holland District Council.
August 2005: Winner of the Burden Open. Burdens Agricultural Award

Artworks in public spaces
August 2010: ‘Patchwork’, Seathorne Primary Schoool, Skegness, Lincolnshire.
June 2008: “Mondrian’s Lobster Pot” Birkbeck Primary School, Boston, Lincolnshire.
July 2007: “Curriculum” Collaborative project, Birkbeck Arts & Community College,
June 2007: “Fibonacci’s Arc” Collaborative sculpture project, Burgh Le Marsh School,

Artworks in public collections
January 2008     Dead wood lV, the transient nature of man; purchased by South Holland District Council

Art Consultancy

Nov 2015- Sept 1017: Curator of Exhibitions,  The Foyer Gallery, Embassy Theatre, Skegness, Lincolnshire.
Mar2012- May2014: Curator of Exhibitions, The Theatre Gallery, Embassy theatre, Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Public Art Projects

June 2017: “This is My Life” Projections.
June 2011:  GamesTime, Skegness SO Ferstival, Dry Lagoon Skegness
August 2007 :”In search of Albion”. Outdoor art installation, various locations on Lincolnshire Coast

Residencies:
October 2010 :University of Lincoln, AA2A Residency, Greestone Building Lindum Hill Lincoln.

Partnership Projects
September 2010: “In Search of Albion”, Festival of Bathing Beauties, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire.
October 2008: X-Church, Gainsborough. Collaborative event, three artists exploring temporary dwellings.
August 2006: Production of play “Extremities” Edinburgh Fringe.(set & visual artwork).

Exhibitions Curated:
June 2016: Earth, Fire, Air Water, Embassy Theatre Gallery, Skegness

Selected Exhibitions
May 2012: Inugural Exhibition The Embassy Theatre Café Gallery, Skegness
December 2008: Temptations, Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield.
May 2008: Waterside Open, Lauriston Gallery, Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester.
April 2008: Minor works, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire
February 2008: South Holland Open, South Holland centre, Spalding Lincolnshire.
August 2005: Burden Award Exhibition, Arts Coranti, Swineshead, Lincolnshire
May 2005:Mercury Music Prize Final. Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, London.

Exhibition Record
Nov. 2015: Stations of the Cross. Embassy Theatre Gallery Skegness
May 2014: Skegness, Skegness. Embassy Theatre Gallery, Skegness.
June 2013: The Gatekeeper Within, SO Festival, Embassy Theatre Gallery, Skegness.
June 2012: A Rural Perspective, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln.
July 2010: Mansion House Art Exhibition, Mansion House, Upgate, Louth, LIncolnshire.
Sept 2009: “In the beginning was the word and the word was…” part of SEAS Festival.

Additional information and contact details:
Websites to view work: Blog: https://ahardworkingartist.com/
Sales: http://www.artmajeur.com/malcolmtait
Sales: http://www.saatchiart.com/malcolmtait
Address:                           Shalom, Chapel Lane, Addlethorpe, Lincolnshire, PE24 4TG
Telephone:                       07868757295 [Mob.]
Email:                               malcolmtait52@gmail.comahardworkingartist@gmail.com

Additional information and contact details:
Websites to view work: Blog: https://ahardworkingartist.com/
Sales: http://www.artmajeur.com/malcolmtait
Sales: http://www.saatchiart.com/malcolmtait
Address:                           Shalom, Chapel Lane, Addlethorpe, Lincolnshire, PE24 4TG
Telephone:                       07868757295 [Mob.]
Email:                               malcolmtait52@gmail.comahardworkingartist@gmail.com