The Pulenoa Triptych

The Pulenoa Triptych

  • Artist

    John Pule

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Size

    2190 x 5430 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    19 Aug 1998

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    symbolism, symbols, colonisation, Christianity, animals, circles (plane figures), triptychs

  • Description

    ‘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