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After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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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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Fonua galo (pogipogi tuai) by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleFonua galo (pogipogi tuai), 2018enamel, ink & polyurethane on canvas
40 x 40 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Enquire about this work
Fonua Galo (Paea) by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleFonua Galo (Paea), 2017Enamel, ink & polyurethane on unstretched canvas
101 x 100 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Okiokiaga by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleOkiokiaga, 2017Enamel, ink and polyurethane on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Seven Days by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleSeven Days, 2012Oil on stretched canvas
200 x 200 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire about this work
The Lost Steps by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleThe Lost Steps, 2012Oil on stretched canvas
200 x 200 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire about this work
Fenoga Kia Koe by John Pule contemporary artwork
John PuleFenoga Kia KoeLithograph,
76 x 56.5 cm
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John Pule 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 20 October 2018, New Zealand Herald

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...

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

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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