Image credit: Hamish Melville
In 2000 Reuben Paterson painted The Wharenui that Dad Built, a seminal work that acknowledged his father’s passing and marks the beginning of his exploration of his own whakapapa in glitter. Over the next three decades he refined his technique of painting in glitter, the material which has now become synonymous with his name.
His subjects have varied greatly; animals inspired by faux mink throws, retro patterns including one borrowed from a pair of his mum’s togs, botanical blooms, sublime skies, and fireworks, all pay a part in the mapping of the artist’s journey. Although primarily known for his paintings, his sculptural practice which also considers light and reflection, is gaining momentum in part due to the success of his 10m tall 2021 work Guide Kaiārahi installed on the forecourt of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Reuben Paterson since 2003.