Gayle Blair Tate is a native of Midwest America, born in Abilene, 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 to 1964, 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 first gallery in Texas in 1967.
Mr. Tate is known as a trompe l’oeil painter in oils. His signature works are images of paper currency as well as paintings with ironic observations and themes.
The Artist writes: “Trompe l’oeil is a French phrase meaning ‘trick the eye’. Sometimes art provides the trick… changing the perception of pigments applied to a surface to a different reality. All of art is about perception, and my paintings are all about deceiving the eye to perceive another reality.”