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b. 1962, Niue

John Pule Biography

John Pule was born in Niue and since 1964 has lived in Auckland. He is largely self-taught. 

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Pule’s art considers the Pacific; its mythologies, histories, colonisation, Christianity and migrant cultures. His work is often provocative, for example: Christ’s crucifixion revealed in his large-scale paintings as a sick, destructive influence on indigenous culture. Conceived and constructed from the imagery and material of tapa cloth, the artist’s paintings also acknowledge the dynamics of migration, procreation and settlement, and the vitality and energy of the artist’s and all Pacific people’s identity. 

Pule has exhibited extensively in Australasia and been included in major survey exhibitions; Paradise Now?, New York (2004) and the Asia-Pacific Triennial (2006) at the Queensland Art Gallery (2006).  In December 2011 Pule was given a major survey show John Pule: Hauaga (Arrivals) at the Auckland Art Gallery which ran through to late March 2012. 

In 2004 Pule received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. He has work in the collection of the Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand. In 2012 he was awarded an ONZM (Officer of the said Order) for services as an author, poet and painter in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

John Pule Featured Artworks

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Between Tonga and Aotearoa by John Pule contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
John PuleBetween Tonga and Aotearoa, 2020Pencil on paper
77 x 56 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Malika he tau mena fulufuluola (LA to Honolulu) by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John PuleMalika he tau mena fulufuluola (LA to Honolulu), 2020Ink on paper
77 x 56 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Night & Land & Sky by John Pule contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
John PuleNight & Land & Sky, 2020Coloured pencil on paper
77 x 56 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Sky, Land, Night by John Pule contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
John PuleSky, Land, Night, 2020Coloured pencil on paper
77 x 56 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Seven Days by John Pule contemporary artwork painting
John PuleSeven Days, 2012Oil on stretched canvas
200 x 200 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
The Lost Steps by John Pule contemporary artwork painting
John PuleThe Lost Steps, 2012Oil on stretched canvas
200 x 200 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire

John Pule Recent Exhibitions

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