Artists Reuben Paterson

Reuben Paterson

b.1973, Auckland (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi)
Lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand

Reuben Paterson is a dynamic artist known for his creations in glitter and diamond dust. The influence of Paterson's Maori heritage (Ngāti Rangitihi and Ngāi Tūhoe) is strong in his earlier works, which focused on kōwhaiwhai 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 undertaken 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.

Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Reuben Paterson since 2003.

Reuben Paterson


2000  Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching

1997 Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Bachelor of Fine Arts 

selected exhibitions

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2021 Amen Break, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2019 The Intimates, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2018 You were Blue and I was Purple, The Central, Christchurch
Neon Summer, The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, Australia
Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa  Anō he kōpere: Te reo tohu at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Billy’s Apple, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

2017 Black Matters II, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga
Pūkana Whakarunga, Toi Poneke, Wellington
Relative Reciprocity, Te Uru Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
The River Lie, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

2016 The End (elevator commission), Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Day/Night, Me Rongo: Walk in Rainbows, Manukau City, Ronwood Ave Car Park with Lonnie Hutchinson, Permanent Public Artwork
Worlds of Wearable Arts, Wellington
Said the Hibiscus, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
The Night Flowers, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Brougham House Foyer Mural, New Plymouth

2015 The Aroma of Black, Part III, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland