Reuben Paterson (b. 1973, Ngati Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi) graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1997. Following graduation Paterson was one of three artists awarded a six-week residency in France as part of the prestigious Moet & Chandon Art Fellowship. Combining modernist traditions of pattern and form with contemporary materials of glitter and diamond dust, Paterson is acknowledged as a member of a third generation of contemporary Māori artists defining their own modes and methods of art making.
A recent sereis of glitter on canvas works were inspired by Cook Island tivaevae, a traditional form of quilting, which celebrate botanicals in all their glory. Paterson’s father was a landscape gardener, as is Paterson’s partner, and the artist finds himself continuously drawn back to the garden and to the natural environment as a source of inspiration and self-reflection, and as a tool for learning about the world around him.