Reuben Paterson

 b.1973, Auckland (Ngati Rangitihi and Ngai Tuhoe)

Lives and works in Auckland

Reuben Paterson is a dynamic young artist known for his creations in glitter and diamond dust. The influence of Paterson's Maori heritage (Ngati Rangitihi) is strong in his earlier works, which focused on kowhaiwhai motifs. Drawing from both his Maori and Scottish ancestry Paterson also combines traditional pattern and design with non-traditional media, reinvigorating and extending Maori expression. Paterson incorporates formal painting properties of sharp line and ornate detail with specially commissioned glitter colours to elicit curiosity and joy. His use of traditional motif produces works that link to memories of our recent and ancient pasts; memories that are visceral, tangible and intangible. More recently Paterson has extended his range subjects to include animals and bird life similarly created in his signature glitter style.

Receiving a postgraduate Degree in Fine Arts from Auckland University in 1997, Paterson went on to receive New Zealand’s prestigious Moet et Chandon Award to Avize, France as its youngest recipient. Returning to New Zealand Reuben completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary School Teaching in 2001. He exhibits nationally and internationally, including shows in the Prague Biennial and Centro de Arte Caja De Burgos, Spain, The Cambridge Museum, England and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Paterson has also under taken a major commission for the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and for the Auckland Art Gallery’s education centre.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 Bottled Lightning, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

2011 FLOW Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Muscles and Ice Cream: In store installation and capsule collection WORLD Store, Auckland, New Zealand

Te Puthaitanga o Rehua, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Te Puthaitanga o Rehua, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

2010 Dear Beauty, Dear Beast, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Aere e Akamotu, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga

Te Putahitanga o Rehua, Tauranga Art Gallery, New Zealand

Whakapapa: get down upon your knees, Tauranga Art Gallery, New Zealand

2007 Reverie, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Artspace Billboard, Karangahape Road, Auckland

When the Sun Rises and the Shadows Flee, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

New work, 64zero3, Christchurch, New Zealand

2006 Square2, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

He Aha te Mea Nui, What is the Greatest Thing?, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

He Aha te Mea Nui, What is the Greatest Thing?, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2005 Narcissus, Gow Langsford Gallery, New Zealand

He Aha te Mea Nui, What is the Greatest Thing?, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Installation, The Art Caf, Ikaria, Greece

2004 Recent Painting, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Art and Industry, Christchurch Biennial, Riccarton House, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Customs of Tripping, Milford Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2003 Recent Painting, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand Fashion Week, in collaboration with WORLD, Auckland, New Zealand

When Paradise is not enough, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Window Project, Dunedin, New Zealand

Abstraction, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2001 Cameo Project, Te Tuhi - The Mark, Auckland, New Zealand



2005 Wallace Art Awards, Development Prize

Finalist, Castteleon City Arts Council Arts Prize, Castelleon, Spain

1997 Moet and Chandon Award


2006 International Studio Curatorial Program, Three month residency as part of the James Wallace Art Awards Development Prize, Manhattan, New York

2005 Ikaria, Greece. Two month residency to create permanent installation at The Art Caf, Kampos.

2004 Punatapu Lodge. Two month residency, Queenstown, New Zealand

1997 Moet et Chandon Fellowship. Two month residency, Avize, France



Auckland City Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt

Christchurch City Art Gallery, Christchurch

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