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Monica Paterson


I am a painter living on the North Shore in Auckland with my husband and two teenage girls. I have studied art/ fabric and graphic design at Unitec and AUT. I was a graphic designer at TV3 and in 2004 left to have my family and have been painting in oils and acrylic since 2012. Since then I have been involved in many group shows and my work is in many private collections. I have been an Artist in Residence at Corbans Arts Estate in Henderson and have recently spent time in Whanganui for the Glasgow St Residency.
My work focuses on a female-centric narrative that connects to my mother’s Samoan lineage using imagery and colour that is inspired by my love of Pacific art. These bold vibrant and sometimes chaotic scenes are influenced also by my interest in folk art and my love of illustration. My work stems from myths, dreams or tales told and passed on. The painterly female subjects are goddesses, ghosts or beloved family long lost. Themes of love and human connection are interwoven into the narrative.

NorthArt Members show at Northart 2015
The Magic Realism of Portraiture Group Show, Corbans Arts Estate 2017
Neighbourhood group show, Corbans Arts Estate 2017
Between Strangers: Joint show with Rowan Panther at Corbans Arts Estate, Henderson 2018
NZ Art Show 2018
Nectar group show Mangere Arts Centre 2019

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