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Reuben Paterson

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 and his extended his practice to include sculpture; 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.

To view available works by Reuben Paterson please click here.

Education

2000
 Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching
1997 Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 Twice Upon a Time, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
E Tu Ake, Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec City, Canada
A Different View: Artists address Pornography, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
New Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Flow Riders: Tracing Kowhaiwhai Traditions, Rotorua Museum, Aucklnad
2012 New Year, New Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Melboure Art Fair, Gow Langsford Gallery Stand D08
2011 E Tu Ake, Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France
 CURRENT, October Gallery, London, UK 
Manstyle, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
E Tu Ake, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand,  
Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years Plug In, Institute of Contemporary Art Winnipeg, Canada
2010 New Traditions: Recurring Themes in Maori Art, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a  Precarious Age, The 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Under, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
Putiputi: The Flower in Contemporary New Zealand Art, Hastings City Art Galllery 
2009-10 The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
2009 John Leech and Gow Langsford Galleries Spring Catalogue Exhibition 2009, Gow Langsford Gallery
Together Alone: Australian and New Zealand Fashion, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Beloved, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Asia Pacific Triennial, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Blue Planet, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand 
Am I Scared, Boy (eh): collection works from then and now, Govett - Brewster Art Gallery,New Zealand
2008  Pacifica Styles, Cambridge University of Anthropology and Archaeology Cambridge, England
Of Deities and Mortals, Christchurch City Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Clock the Ton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2007 Pacifica Styles, Cambridge University of Anthropology and Archaeology Cambridge, England
Of Deities and Mortals, Christchurch City Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
News from Islands, Campelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
Te Hue Ipu - Artifact and Artwork, Pataka, Porirua, New Zealand
2006  Neucleur Reactions, CAB Centro de Arte Caja Burgos, Spain
Te Hue Ipu - Artifact and Artwork, Pataka, Porirua, New Zealand
Te Hue Ipu - Artifact and Artwork, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand
2005 BMW Art Awards, Auckland, New Zealand
Wallace Art Awards, Wallace Trust Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Nucleur Reactions, International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery,
Prague, curated by Paco Barragn
Parallel Practices, Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Tau Ana, Waikato Museum, New Zealand
In Flower, Whangarei Art Museum, New Zealand
YMCA, Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand
Remember New Zealand, Artspace, Auckland
The Walters Show, Pataka, Porirua, New Zealand
2004 Iki and thanks for all the IKA, Artspace, Auckland; Cook Islands Museum, Cook Islands  (curated by Tobias Berger, Artspace, Auckland)
Transit of Venus, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Minds Eye, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery and Centre, Sydney, Australia
Love and Love Song, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
26th Biennial de Sau Paulo, Oscar Niemayer Pavillion, Brazil (curated by Tobias Berger, Artspace, Auckland)
9th Pacific Biennale, Palau Islands, Micronesia
Dollar Mixture, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Flower Power, Pataka Museum, Porirua, New Zealand
We Fought Fashion and Lost: World 1989-2004, Auckland Museum
Flaunt- Art, Fashion, Culture, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
True Love, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
2003 Dale Frank, Max Gimblett , Judy Millar, Michael Parekowhai, Reuben Paterson and  Richard Thompson, Gow Langsford Gallery - Sydney, Australia
Portraiture: The Art of Social Commentary, Te Tuhi - The Mark, Auckland, New Zealand
Lisa Reihana, Hemi McGregor and Reuben Paterson, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand
Flaunt, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Wallace Art Awards, Auckland Museum, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Iki and thanks for all the IKA Siuolaikinio Meno Centre, Lithuania (curated by Tobias Berger)
Taiaawhio: Te Tiimatanga,  Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
Lisa Reihana, Hemi McGregor and Reuben Paterson, Whanganui Art Museum, New Zealand 
Art on the Buses, Auckland City, New Zealand
Maori in Lithuania, Siuolaikinio Meno Centre, Lithuania
2002/03 Recent Acquisitions, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Taiawhio: Te Tiimatanga (Continuity and Change), Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
2002 Group Show: Dale Frank, Richard Thompson, Paul Hartigan and Reuben Paterson, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Rueben Paterson, Richard Thompson, Paul Hartigan, Dale Frank, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand       
Contemporary Acquisitions, The New Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Wallace Trust Art Awards, Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
The Koru and the Kowhaiwhai; Contemporary Renaissance of Kowhaiwhai Painting, Pataka Art Museum, Porirua, New Zealand
Abstraction, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand                                       
2001 Techno Maori, City Gallery and Pataka Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand
Purangiaho: Seeing Clearly, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Mana Tangata, Te Wa -  the space, Whanganui, New Zealand
Awataha Marae, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand
2000 Biennale dArt Contemporian: The 8th Festival of Pacific Arts, Tijibaou Arts and Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia
1997 Peter Hills The Art Fair Murders, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Step on it, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
1996 Quartet, Four to the Fore, 23A Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1995 Salute Pierre et Gilles, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Pilot Error, 23A Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Awards

2005 Wallace Art Awards, Development Prize  
Finalist, Castteleon City Arts Council Arts Prize, Castelleon, Spain
1997 Moet and Chandon Award

Fellowships/Residencies

2014
Goyang Art Studio residency, Asia New Zealand Foundation's 2014 artist-in-residence exchange
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

Collections

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

Selected Bibliography

Barragn, NEUclear Reactions in International Biennale of Contemporary Art [Catalogue],
National Gallery Prague, 2005, p. 60 - 61
Baskett P., Fine French Fellows in The New Zealand Herald, March 19, 1997, p. B9
Bridgeman, Shelley, Glitz & Glamour, New Zealand House & Garden, July 2003
Broker D., Chic Pacifique, Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts, no. 44, Summer 2000/2001
Burgess, Malcom, Darkness behind the glitter, The New Zealand Herald, May 18, 2003
Clifford, Andrew, Reuben Patersons glittering career, The New Zealand Herald, 13 April, 2005
Dignan, James, Abstraction and Still Life: An Overview, Milford Galleries, 2004
Dingwall, Richard, Family tribute woven from ancestral strands, Otago Daily Times, July 17, 2004
Fowler, R, Portraiture: The Art of Social Commentary, exhibition catalogue, Te-Tuhi, Auckland, 2003
Fowler, R, The Wharenui that Dad Built, exhibition catalogue, Te-Tuhi, Auckland, 2001
Ghirelli, Paola. A touch of sparkle, Herald Supplement, 23 September, 2004
Harris, Geoff, Maori Artists Exhibit at Leading Edge of New Era, The Northern Advocate, January 7, 2004
Hill , Peter, Trading Spaces in The Sydney Morning Herald, February 14-15, 2004, Spectrum p. 9
Leonie, Bridie, Kick your shoes off, do not fear, The Listener, August 28, 2004
Loxley, Anne, Results uneven when fishing for blue chips in The Sydney Morning Herald, February 24, 2004 p12
Ngahiraka Mason, Open for Interpretation, Art New Zealand, winter.
Mason N. & Kisler M. (ed.) Purangiaho: Seeing Clearly, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, 2001
Mason N., New Horizons: Future Directions, Biennale DArt Contempoarian de Noumea, Noumea Pacifique, 2000
McEnteer, John, Fashioning links, Tuu Mai Magazine, November 2003
McNamara, T.J., All that glitters is not gold, The New Zealand Herald, May 22, 2003
Paterson, Reuben, Meeting Dionysus in Art News, Summer 2005, p. 72 - 73
Paton-Tapsell, B., Fashion and Whakapapa in Mana Magazine, Issue 16, June/July 1997
Rae B., The Mark of Fisher in The New Zealand Herald, April 16, 2001, p. B5
Seeto, Aaron News from Islands, Exhibition Catalogue, Campelltown Arts Centre, Australia
Smith, Hunana (ed), Taiawhio II: Contemporary Maori Artists, Te Papa Press, 2007
Tahua, Daniel, Reuben Paterson, Cause Celebre Magazine, April/May, 2004
Watson, Aaron, Sparkle that shines in Artzone, No. 12, November 2005 - January 2006, p. 43 - 49