Artwork Details


abstract, airplane, colonisation, pattern, religion, symbols

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Take These With You When You Leave

ArtistJohn Pule
Production Date1998
Mediumoil on canvas
Size1880 x 1850 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectssymbols, symbolism, colonisation, Christianity, airplanes, jugs, figures (representations), books, houses, animals
Accession Date13 Jul 1999
Accession NoC1998/1/16
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998


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.’

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Tribute (Icons and Laureates)
1 July - 20 August 2006
Curated by Ron Brownson

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


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