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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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John Pule

b. 1962, Niue

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

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. 

Featured Artworks

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Fonua galo (pogipogi tuai) by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleFonua galo (pogipogi tuai), 2018 enamel, ink & polyurethane on canvas
40 x 40 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Fonua Galo (Paea) by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleFonua Galo (Paea), 2017 Enamel, ink & polyurethane on unstretched canvas
101 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Okiokiaga by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleOkiokiaga, 2017 Enamel, ink and polyurethane on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Vahaloto by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleVahaloto, 2017 Enamel, ink and polyurethane on canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Levekiaga by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleLevekiaga, 2017 Enamel, ink and polyurethane on canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Nofoaga by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleNofoaga, 2017 Enamel, ink and polyurethane on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
OHI by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleOHI, 2017 Enamel, ink and polyurethane on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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5 June–7 July 2018 Group Exhibition Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, John Pule, OHI at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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3–26 August 2017 John Pule OHI Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, On the Grounds at Starkwhite, Auckland
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2 March–8 April 2017 Group Exhibition On the Grounds Starkwhite, Auckland

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The surprising links between Brexit and Oceania art exhibition Related Press The surprising links between Brexit and Oceania art exhibition New Zealand Herald : 20 October 2018

The Telegraph described it as an "ambitious and astonishing exhibition" while Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones declared he didn't just like the art but wanted to live in the world it portrays. He also speculated that modernist masters like Picasso were more influenced by Oceanic art than we might have previously realised.The opening...

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Artists in residence: Where artists find their happy place Related Press Artists in residence: Where artists find their happy place The New Zealand Herald : 23 May 2018

Auckland Art Fair puts the spotlight on this city as a place to see the best in contemporary art from the Pacific Rim. Dionne Christian asks some of the artists what 'place' means to them — in particular the space they work in.

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