John Pule (1962-.) New Zealand

Biographical Information

John Pule migrated from the small Pacific island of Niue at an early age to Auckland where he still resides today. Beginning his career as a poet and novelist and with no formal art training, Pule started to paint seriously in the mid 1980s. Whilst the works which the artist first gained serious attention for in the mid 1990s were inspired by the compositions of hiapo or tapa from his country of birth, a cloth which is made from the bark of the breadfruit or mulberry tree, they quickly became further abstracted from this becoming looser and more abstract. John Pule is widely regarded as one of the Pacific's most significant and celebrated artist's and was the subject of a monographic touring exhibition, John Pule - Hauaga (Arrivals), currently on show at the City Gallery in Wellington Edit or add to this biography

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Oil on canvas, diptych, 200 x 179 cm each panel
Fine New Zealand Paintings, Jewellery & Decorative Arts, Mossgreen-Webb's (formerly Webb's), Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings5045A$60,522 A$16,161
Works on Paper2321A$9,668 A$2,161
Prints & Graphics137125A$4,877 A$1,298

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