John Pule

Take These With You When You Leave

Take These With You When You Leave by John Pule

Artwork Detail

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
John Pule
Production date
oil on canvas
1880 x 1850 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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