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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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Tukumuitea oma, Tamaki Makaurau by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John Pule Tukumuitea oma, Tamaki Makaurau, 2022 Ink and oil stick on paper
112 x 76 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
A bird is saying the sun will rise tomorrow by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John Pule A bird is saying the sun will rise tomorrow, 2022 Ink and oil stick on paper
105 x 76 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Fakakite Mai Tau Moui Ha Mautolu by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John Pule Fakakite Mai Tau Moui Ha Mautolu, 2022 Ink and oil stick on paper
105 x 76 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Nava Mo e Fakaheke by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John Pule Nava Mo e Fakaheke, 2022 Ink and oil stick on paper
105 x 76 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Oma Miti Amanaki Aukia by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John Pule Oma Miti Amanaki Aukia, 2022 Ink and oil stick on paper
112 x 76 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Uka e Vaha, Kavaka by John Pule contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
John Pule Uka e Vaha, Kavaka, 2022 Ink and oil stick on paper
105 x 76 cm
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Jonathan Smart Gallery
Seven Days by John Pule contemporary artwork painting
John Pule Seven Days, 2012 Oil on stretched canvas
200 x 200 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Contact Gallery
The Lost Steps by John Pule contemporary artwork painting
John Pule The Lost Steps, 2012 Oil on stretched canvas
200 x 200 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Contact Gallery

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