South African artist Bronwen Paterson was born in 1969 in Johannesburg, and her country’s unique cultural heritage is reflected in her style of abstract prints. Bronwen takes a multidisciplinary approach to her work, which largely centres around mono printing techniques but that also incorporates elements of surface design and graphic design. She draws inspiration from the indigineous art of her country, using the unique colours and textures of these artworks as her visual language. She tends to take historical artefacts as a subject in her work, but distorts the nature of these by showing only the silhouette. In doing so she creates a powerful sense of symbolism and ambiguity in each piece.
Bronwen Paterson’s Career
Bronwen began her journey as a self employed abstract artist, which she did for around 20 years before receiving her BA in Surface Design from University of the Arts London in 2010. She has also had training in graphic design and fine art, which gives her a unique approach to her printmaking practice. Nowadays, Bronwen is based in London.
Exhibitions and Awards
Bronwen Paterson’s minimal prints have been featured in group exhibitions across the country, and notably form part of the V&A prints collection in London. What’s more, she was shortlisted for the Sunny Art Prize from the Sunny Art Centre in 2019.