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abstract, animals, colonisation, pattern, religion, symbols, triptych

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The Pulenoa Triptych

ArtistJohn Pule
Production Date1995
Mediumoil on canvas
Size2190 x 5430 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectssymbolism, symbols, colonisation, Christianity, animals, circles (plane figures), triptychs
Accession Date19 Aug 1998
Accession NoC1998/1/15/1-3
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998


‘I wanted to express my concerns at the way countries like America and France test their nuclear powers and Star Wars programme using the ocean in our back yard as the site.’ John Pule This painting targets individuals and groups who invade other people’s homeland and destroy homes through means of violence, deceit and lies. Like the historical hiapo (paper mulbery cloth) of Niue, this painting utilises the idea of interlocking grids to reflect diverse narratives. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Te Moananui a Kiwa
23 April 2005 - 22 January 2006
Curated by Ron Brownson

Auckland Art Gallery
John Pule: People Get Ready
28 October 2000 - 12 February 2001

City Gallery Wellington
John Pule - Hauaga (Arrivals)
29 April 2010 - 19 March 2012


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