City Gallery

Ask Me Anything: Reuben Paterson

Exhibiting artist Reuben Paterson sits down to answer questions submitted by our audience.

What is your advice to young artists? What is the inspiration behind your work Koro? What is your view on secondary art markets and equity for artists? Best and worst things about working with Glitter?

Reuben answers these questions and more. The Only Dream Left is the largest exhibition to date of the world-bending practice of Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi). Paterson’s work first seduces with lavish colours, forms and materials, harnessing the magical and transformative properties of light. The swirling, optical energy of these works—often using his signature material of glitter—then pry open the complex issues and tensions that sit just beneath the surface of all things.

Reuben Paterson: The Only Dream Left is on now until June 18 2023.