Reuben Paterson

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1973
Ngāti Rangitihi, Tūhourangi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Māori, Scottish


  • 2005
  • Screenprint
  • Purchased 2005
  • 702 x 505mm
  • 2005/040

In Naturist Reuben Paterson revels in geometric patterns and sharp contrasts between black and white, reminiscent of 1960s hard-edged abstraction, op-art and Maori designs. The delicate, illusory effect Naturist has on the viewer is heightened by Paterson’s use of glitter, a recurring feature in his work.

Naturist draws on an installation at Riccarton House in 2004 where the artist created a black and white optical illusion of the landscape. Tapping into invisible, undulating energies left behind by Maori, Naturist is a study of how collective energies from the past are reflected in the land.

Paterson graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in 1997. In the same year he was selected as one of three recipients of the Moet & Chandon Fellowship, awarding him a six-week residency in France.

Exhibition History