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By combining Polynesian motifs with European silhouettes and designs, John Pule creates a highly personal image that works like a painted memory of the experience of emigrating from Niue to New Zealand. Here, identity is a product of exploration both within one’s own memory and through reflecting on familial history.
‘What is perhaps most remarkable about John Pule’s paintings – that really has no precedent in either traditional Polynesian art or in modern western genres – is their fusion of cosmology, cartography, biography and corporeality.’
- Take These With You When You Leave
- Production date
- oil on canvas
- 1880 x 1850 mm
- primary: signed, dated & titled reverse l.l.cnr, vertical, pencil, "John Pule 1998/ Take these with you when you leave"
- Credit line
- Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
- Accession no
- Copying restrictions apply
- New Zealand Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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