Reuben Paterson – Give a Little Bit.
Reuben Paterson, Give a Little Bit. Glitter on Canvas, 800x800mm, 2017.
From the exhibition Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Shipping by arrangement.
In his 2017/18 Tivaivai series, Reuben Paterson has re-energized his celebrated botanical paintings with explosive colour and pattern. Reuben writes; ‘ When I began working with so much colour contained in one work again, my mind was taken back to when I was painting kowhaiwhai in colours not associated to the traditional red, black and white when I was honouring my father’s passing in these works, and our descent lines to Ngati Rangitihi, Ngai Tuhoe and Tuhorangi. Those same descent lines will always make me think of The Garden of the Seven Stones and Ngatangiia Harbour (Rarotonga) – those descent lines, and connections, can all be bought back to this one place / point of departure, because it’s all a part of the Whakapapa (Genealogy)