Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi)
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Elam School of Fine Arts in 1997, Reuben Paterson has made his mark on the NZ and international art scene with his unashamedly bright, sparkly and often massive works of art and installations.
Reuben’s whānau are from Matatā and many still reside here, while Reuben has managed to use his artistic skill and talent to blaze a trail all across the world. His resume of exhibitions, awards, fellowships and work reads like a wishlist for any budding contemporary artist. In 2009 his work “Whakapapa: get down upon your knees” was selected from 313 others from 25 countries to feature on the cover of Australia’s most prized art journal, Art & Australia. The sheer scale of the work – 16 square metres in total is testament to Reuben’s visionary ideals and style.
Reuben’s mahi has been featured in galleries and exhibitions in NZ, Australia, Rarotonga, Greece, Canada, London, Spain, Prague, Brazil, Micronesia, Lithuania, New Caledonia to name a few. His artwork has also featured on the covers for singer Anika Moa’s 2005 Album "Stolen Hill" and iconic NZ band Herbs greatest hits album “Listen”. His signature glitter paintings have even made their way into Brazil’s version of worldwide magazine Fashion Quarterly in the backdrop of a photo shoot. We will continue to watch as Reuben’s career is certain to keep emulating his artistic style: Big, bright and sparkling.
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