Born in Australia, Gaye Paterson graduated from East Sydney National Art School in Graphic Design in 1971. She first lived and worked in Sydney and London, then later as a publications designer for the Australian Government in Canberra.
Paterson was nurtured in the skills of printmaking by Jorg Schmeisser and Dianne Fogwell at the Canberra School of Art, where she was seduced by etching with its tactile process of plate, ink and paper. Her passion for pots emerged when she met archaeologists in Jordan in 1979. She later spent 3 years in Thailand taking inspiration from the discovery of kilns at Si Sachanali, and established Inky Fingers Etching Studio in Bangkok.
From 1993 to 1997 Paterson taught printmaking at the Canberra Institute of Art, Australian National University and in 1997 was awarded a grant from the ACT Cultural Funding Program.
In 1998 she was Artist in Residence at Prilep Artist Colony, Macedonia and returned to Australia in 1999 to hold a residency at the Australian National University, Canberra. Other residencies include SkopArt Skopelos Foundation of the Arts, Greece in 2002 and the Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium in 2003 and 2004.
Paterson’s Amphora series emerged form the Agean during her residency in Greece in 2002. The boxed portfolio of 20 woodblock images was completed in March 2004 at the Australian National University, Edition+Artist Book Studio. A selection of these works were exhibited in Paris in June 2004.
Currently based in Geneva, Paterson has lived, worked and exhibited all over the world and is placed in many collections in Australia and Overseas.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2002 Galerie Haos, Belgrade The Little Black Dress, Geneva 1998 Memories of Macedonia, Cultural Centre, Skopje 1997 Continuum of Memory, Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra 1985 Exhibition of Etchings and Drawings, Alliance Française Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand 1984 Exhibition of Etchings & Drawings, Alia Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan 1983-84 Exhibition of Etchings & Drawings, Armoli Gallery, Skopelos, Greece
SELECECTED GROUP AND INVITATION EXHIBITIONS 2002 Jours Dorés, Galerie Varmes, Geneva 1999 Selected artist Shell Fremantle Print Award, Arts Centre, Fremantle 1998 Galerija Graficki Kolektiv, Belgrade 1997 Show us Your Art, National Gallery of Australia After Dark Canberra Institute of Art, Australian National University, Canberra Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney, represented with Studio One Artist's Book, Criterion Fine Art Gallery Limited Edition and Artist Book Studio 1996 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, represented with Leichhardt Street Studios Inner Square, Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra 1995 International Minibiennial, Sweden Borderlines, Sydney Printmakers Exchange Exhibition, represented with Studio One 1994 Exhibition of Etchings, Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra The Print, the Press, the Artist and the Printer, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 1993-1997 Prints 92, Exhibition Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA Exhibition of Etchings, Carega Foxley Leach Gallery, Washington DC, USA
COLLECTIONS National Gallery of Australia / The Australian National University / Artbank / State Library of Queensland National Museum of Art Belgrade / Private Collections in Australia and Overseas