Gayle Blair Tate

Gayle Blair Tate (born 1944) is a native of Midwest America, born in Texas and raised as a world traveler, being the son of a career army officer. He studied engineering at the University of Wyoming from 1962-64, then graduated from Florida State University in 1967. He then served in the United States Air Force for five years as a commissioned officer, being honorably discharged in 1972 with the rank of Captain. Desiring to go into studio production, he pursued extensive private studies at the Loch Haven Art Center in Orlando and with private ateliers in Orlando, Tampa, Asheville, North Carolina and Laramie, Wyoming. Even while serving in the Air Force, Mr. Tate began working in the art business, establishing his art business in Texas in 1967.

Tate has achieved international recognition and major auction sales through his work as a trompe l'oeil painter in oils. Of particular importance are the artist's works depicting images of paper currency, achieving recognition as "the foremost money painter in America" (source: SouthWest Art magazine). Added to his craftsmanship are his unique and often ironic observations and themes, resulting in works that viewers and critics alike remember for their wit and insightful commentary as much as for their technical achievement.

Art and Biographical Books and References:
Who's Who in American Art (1986, 1994, 1994, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Internationale Biographie, 1996, 1997, 1998
Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, 1997
Men of Achievement, 1998
New York Art Review, 1999
American Artists, An Illustrated Survey, 1999
James Umphlett & Louis Zona, "Eleanor Ettinger Gallery (New York) Presents the Trompe l'Oeil Society of Artists", 2003
Spanierman Gallery, New York, "Art for the New Collector II", 2003
Amy Pyle (Spanierman Gallery, New York), "Art for the New Collector III", 2004
Ray Davenport, "Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition", 2005
Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, "The Artists Bluebook", 2005
Omar Calabrese, "L'art du Trompe-L'Oeil" (Editions Citadelles & Mazenod, Paris) 400 pages, Narrated and Illustrated, 2010

Collections, Galleries and Museums Include:
Vose Gallery, Boston
Spanierman Gallery, New York
Richard York Gallery, New York
Hollis Taggert, New York
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York
Creighton-Davis Galleries, Washington DC
Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta
David Cook Gallery, Denver
Roughton Galleries, Dallas
Hall Galleries, Dallas
Van de Griff-Marr Gallery, Santa Fe 
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa
J. Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
The Haggin Museum, Stockton, Californi
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida
Portsmouth Museums, Courthouse Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
Longmont Museum, Longmont, Colorado
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Missouri
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania