Paul Tait began exhibiting paintings in 1988 in Houston, Texas at the First Houston Fine Art Show. After this show Paul was invited to exhibit at the fledgling Fountainhead Gallery in Houston, TX and then later moved to Robinson Galleries. Thomas Robinson operated out of a white cube on Colquit St, in a legendary gallery district with 12 galleries within a 50m radius.
Paul Tait says, "Houston is a city that celebrates art and it was a wonderful place to work as an artist." Reputedly the 3rd largest fine art market in the USA behind NY and LA, but more importantly a city with the A to Z of 20th century art in publicly accessible art collections: the Menil, the Rothko Chapel, two-story high Miro sculptures striding across city plazas to Dubuffet’s reaching for the sky on Main St.
In the 1990’s Thomas Robinson was a long established art dealer in Texas. Tom was not afraid of exhibiting contentious material, and in fact seemed to revel in it. Artists such as James Johnson and Ron English among others drew the wrath of some segments of society for the subject of their art. Paul exhibited with Tom from 1992 to 1996 when he returned to his adopted homeland of New Zealand, shipping paintings back to the USA.â€¨â€¨
He is still exhibiting in the US and has been having exhibitions with Rona Ga llery for over a decade. Richard Ponder really admires his work because of it's professional standard and because the pieces are so individualistic and exciting, which is why Richard also holds some of Paul Tait's art in his own private collection.