Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London, presents an exhibition of new works by Scottish artist Renny Tait whose work is included in several private and public collections including the Royal College of Art and the Tate Collection. It opens today and runs until 17th February.
The artist depicts mysterious idealised abstract London landmarks including Battersea Power Station, St Paul’s Cathedral, following geometric order of the built environment in pursuit of the purest form. His arrangements have often been likened to still-lives, which Tait acknowledges in his description of his process as “moving elements of sky or background as a still life painter like Morandi might move his bottles”. Architectural details are simplified to highlight their classical form in the artist’s large-scale paintings. In Hayward Blue Sky, Tait has reconfigured the Brutalist architecture of the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank to include a dominant central tower. The darkened look-outs and pointed apexes of its design recall Tait’s theme of Scottish castles, which he has described as symbols of refuge and hope in a hostile environment.
According to the late author and journalist Robert Heller, Tait’s paintings, “with their virtuoso technique, bridge the worlds of classicism and abstraction. The later influences – Mondrian, Morandi, Barnett Newman – blend comfortably with the very different worlds of Bellini and Wren to form Tait’s own mysteriously depopulated universe of colour harmonies and glowing light.”