Take These With You When You Leave

Take These With You When You Leave

  • Artist

    John Pule

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Size

    1880 x 1850 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    13 Jul 1999

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    symbols, symbolism, colonisation, Christianity, airplanes, jugs, figures (representations), books, houses, animals

  • Description

    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

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