Corbin Paewai-Young

Corbin Paewai-Young

The Dots, 2021, watercolour & gouache on paper, 295mm x 420mm


Corbin Paewai-Young (Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne, Ngāpuhi), originally from Palmerston North and currently based in Auckland where he recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at AUT. 

“Mine is a painting practice that is exploratory and intuitive in nature and emphasises process in the shaping of abstract visual environments that balance structure and formlessness.”

These are paintings that engage with the artist's pursuit of forms that yield both stability and flux, an active state characterised by potential. Paewai-Young’s practice is influenced by a variety of painters, most importantly American abstract painters, Stanley Whitney, Amy Sillman, and Jack Whitten. 

Paewai-Young uses gouache and watercolour help to play up the elements of chance, mistakes, and surprise which further heightens how control factors into the process. Paper also lends itself to these ends, and engagement with its physical limits is constantly kept in mind. Networks develop both inside and between his paintings as ideas are echoed, restaged, and re-enacted. Layers of decisions build up, can be retraced, and indicate their capacity to keep evolving.


LIVES: Auckland

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Visual Arts, AUT, 2021 

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