Reuben Paterson

Whakapapa Get Down Upon Your Knees 4

Artwork Detail

Over the course of his career Paterson has created a unique visual language that combines traditional kōwhaiwhai pattern and design with non-traditional media to present contemporary statements about cultural continuity. His kaleidoscopic and shimmering compositions express his Māori and Scottish whakapapa and articulate a personal response to, and interpretation of, traditional Māori patterns through a psychedelic lens recalling the exuberance of pop art and fabric designs from the mid-twentieth century. Monumental in scale, this artwork’s production was intricate and labour-intensive: each line and section is individually ‘set’ with glitter using a glue substrate

Whakapapa Get Down Upon Your Knees 4
Reuben Paterson
Production date
synthetic polymer paint and glitter on canvas
2000 x 8000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2020
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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