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John Pule


Born Liku, Niue, 1962. Emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, 1964

Awards / Residencies

2016 - Artist in Residence, Centre Culturel Tjibaou, Noumea   
2014 - Artist In Residence, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, USP, Fiji
2013 - Ursula Bethel Writers Residency, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
2012 - ONZM (Queens birthday honours) for services as author, poet and painter
2012 - Pasifika Research Fellowship Residency, Massey University, Wellington
2011 - Artist in Residence, Oceania centre for Arts and Culture/ Pacific Studies, Suva
2010 - International Artist Residency, Kick-Arts Cairns & 24hourArts, Darwin
2006 - Writer in Residence, University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
2005 - Residency, Galerie Romerapotheke, Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - Art Laureate Award, Arts Foundation of New Zealand
2003 - Artist in Residence, Cultural Museum, Raratonga
2002 - Distinguished Visiting Writer to Dept of English, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
2001 - Writer in Residence, University of Hawai, Hawai
2000 - Literary Fellow, University of Auckland
1998 - Artist in Residence, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, USP, Fiji
1998 - Artist in Residence, McMillan Brown Centre, University of Canterbury, CHCH
1997 - Pacific Writers Fellow, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
1996 - Writer in Residence Fellowship, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 - OHI, Jonathon Smart, Christchurch
2016 - Return To The First Time of My Life, Gow Langsford, Auckland
2016 - Return To The First Time of My Life, Ekalesia Hall, Liku, Niue
2014 - The Great World ( Fonua Galo), Gow Langsford, Auckland
2014 - From the Islands: Dreams, Fragrance & Extinction, Corbans Estate Gallery, Henderson
2014 - Atua Cowboys, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2013 - Sadness Spirit, Pataka Museum, Porirua, Wellington
2013 - Makini Hall, 3rd Niue Arts & Culture Festival, Niue
2012 - Dark Saints, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
2012 - The Blue Plateau of Polynesian Memory, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2012 - I was born with wings in my hands , Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2011 - 1991-2011, Survey, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2011 - Hauaga, Auckland Toi Tamaki
2011 - Hauaga, Dunedin Public Art gallery
2010 - John Pule: Hauaga (Arrivals), City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand and touring
2009 - Different Oceans, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2009 - Nothing Must Remain, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2008 - John Pule, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
2007 - Amanakiaga, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2006 - Another Green World, Gow Langsford, Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2005 - Galerie Romerapotheke, Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - Niniko Lalolagi - Dazzling Worlds, Gow Langsford, Auckland
2003 - The Wind Reminds Me How Palpable and Mythical My Life was Becoming, Bartley Nees, Wellington
2003 - New Works, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
2003 - Recent Paintings, Gow Langsford, Sydney
2002 - I Had a Mind as Invisible as Light, Gow Langsford Auckland2001 - A Sequence of Lyrics Dedicated to the Birth of a Lighthouse, Bartley Nees, Wellington
2000 - People Get Ready, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
1999 - Tafa/Malika, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
1996 - Two Hands of Desire:Woodcuts/Lithoprints, CoCA, Christchurch
1996 - Born in Paradise, Gow Langsford, Auckland
1995 - Malika, New Works Gallery, Wellington
1993 - Wood cuts/Lithographs, Lane Gallery, Auckland
1992 - Auckland City Gallery, window installation
1991 - Dowse Art Museum, Wellington

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 - Tu: Whales and Men, Tjibaou Culturel centre, Noumea
2015 - Kermedec, Tjibaoau Culturel Centre, New Caledonia
2015 - Suitcase, Niue Festival of the Arts, Niue Yacht Club, Niue
2014 - Wayne Westlake Invitational, Gallery Iolani, Honolulu, Hawaii
2014 - Made In Oceania, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Kulteren Der Welt, Koln, Germany
2013 - Kermadec-Art Across The pacific, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile
2013 - Kermedec-Lines In The Ocean, Hawkes Bay Regional Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay
2012 - The Engine Room, Performance, Poetry & Photographs, Massey University, Wgtn
2012 - Meridian Lines: Contemporary New Zealand Art from the collection of Te Papa Tongarewa, Shanghai Art Museum
2012 - Kermedec, Wellington City Art Gallery
2012 - Kermedec - Lines In The Ocean, Easter Island-Rapanui
2012 - Kermedec - Lines In The Ocean, New Zealand High Commission, Tonga
2012 - Home AKL, Auckland Art Gallery Toi Tamaki
2012 - Kermedec, Auckland Maritime Museum
2011 - Kermedec, Tauranga Regional Art Gallery 
2011 - Game On, Hawkes Bay Regional Art Gallery
2011 - Oceania, Wellington Public Art Gallery & Te Papa Tongarewa                      
2011 - Later Days, Gow Langsford Gallery at Auckland Art Fair, Auckland
2011 - 21st Century: Art in the first decade, Queenslands Art Gallery, Brisbane
2010 - Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and NGV
2007 - Date Line- Contemporary Art from the Pacific, A German touring exhibition, curators Rhana Devenport and Alexander Tolnay, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
2007 - Turbulence, Auckland 3rd Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
2007 - Ata, show with Sofia Tekala-Smith,Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2006 - Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane, Australia
2005 - The Sky, show with Sofia Tekala-Smith, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2004 - Paradise Now, Asia Society, New York
2004 - You Are My Sunshine, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington
2003 - 'Na' (Gift), show with Sofia Tekala-Smith, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
1996 - Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane
1996 - Seventh Festival of the South Pacific, Samoa
1996 - Re-imaging the Pacific, ANU, Canberra
1995 - Kwangiu Biennale, Korea
1995 - Island to Island, Cheju, Korea
1995 - Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa
1995 - Bottled Ocean: Contemporary Polynesian Artists (touring New Zealand)
1992 - Contemporary Niue Artists, Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga
1991 - Te Moemoea No Iotefa, Traditional and Contemporary Pacific Island Artists (National Tour, NZ)

Selected Performance / Poetry Readings

2014 - Corbans Estate Art Centre, Henderson, Auckland
2014 - Going West Festival, Titirangi
2014 - Christchurch Writers Festival, Christchurch
2014 - Montana Poetry Week, French Bay Yacht Club, Titirangi
2014 - The Niue yacht Club, Niue
2014 - Performance Space, USP, Fiji
2012 - Nukualofa, Tonga
2012 - The Divine Muse, Gus Fisher gallery, MNPD
2011 - Lopdell House, Titirangi, Montana NPDay
2011 - Hawkes Bay Regional Art Gallery
2011 - Fresh Café, Mau afu, Tonga
2010 - KickArts Gallery, Cairns
2010 - WordStorm Literary Festival, Darwin
2005 - Strata, Auckland University, Auckland
2005 - Poet’s Corner, Artsville (director, Ian Mune), New Zealand
2003 - Honouring Words 2003 Australia, Indigenous writers tour, Australia
2001 - University of Kent, Canterbury, London
2001 - University of London, London
1998 - Ocean & Others Symposium, Museum of Sydney, Sydney
1998 - Raw Fishes, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
1998 - The Bond of Time, 2nd edition, PWF, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
1996 - Re-imaging the Pacific, ANU, Canberra
1995 - The Post Colonial Body, University of Waikato, Hamilton
1995 - Bodies in Question Symposium, University of Auckland
1995 - Interdigitate, The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
1992 - Pacific Impressions, Galaxy Theatre, Auckland
1991 - The Grand Opening, Galaxy Theatre, Auckland
1988 - The Last Blah Performance, St John Church Hall, Parnell, Auckland
1985 - The World and I, Poets Palace, France Street, Auckland
1984 - The Human Cry, Knox Community Hall, Parnell, Auckland
1984 - Twang and Cadence, Kingsland Community Hall, Auckland
1983 - Maori Writers Read, The Depot, New Zealand

Publications: Novels, Essays and Poems

2014 - From the Islands: Dreams, Fragrance & Extinction, Corbans Estate Gallery, Henderson
2014 - Essential NZ Poems, Random House
2014 - The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch
2013 - Sadness Spirit: 18 Poems, Pataka Museum, Wellington
2012 - 150 NZ Love Poems, edited by Paula Green, Godwit
2011 - Kermedec, Tauranga Art Gallery & Pew environment, pp 104- 113, edited by Gregory O’Brien
2010 - Thomas, N., Hauaga: The Art of John Pule, Otago University Press
2010 - Mauri Ola, Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, Auckland University Press, pp 179-183
2009 - Span 62, Journal of the South Pacific Association, pp124-128, Somerville, SPACLALS, UA
2007 - News From islands, Essay pp 97-99, Campbelltown Arts Centre, curator Aaron Seeto
2006 - Seear, L & Raffel, S (ed’s); The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, Brisbane, Australia
2005 - Pule, J & Thomas, N; Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth, Otago University Press
2004 - Restless People/Tagata Kapakiloi, Pohutukawa Press, Auckland
2003 - Wendt, A. Sullivan, R & Whaitiri, R (ed); Whetu Moana, Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, AUP
2002 - When you return, Essay 28-35, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 2002, exhibition catalogue, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
1998 - Burn My Head in Heaven, Penguin
1998 - The Bond of Time: An Epic love poem, Pacific Writing Forum, University of South Pacific, Fiji
1992 - The Shark That Ate the Sun, Penguin
1985 - The Bond Of Time, Fragrance on Earth Press
1984 - Flowers After the Sun, poems, Fragrance on Earth Press
1982 - Sonnets to Van Gogh/Providence, Fragrance on Earth Press
1982 - Sonnets to Van Gogh, Fragrance on Earth Press
1981 - Winter, The Rain: Poems, Fragrance on Earth Press

Selected Bibliography

2017 - A New Life in Niue: A Conversation with John Pule, Edward Hanfling, Art New Zealand #161, Autumn 2017
2014 - Tapa, Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific, Ikon gallery, Birmingham
2012 - Art News  Summer issue, Artists in Rapa Nui pp 106  - 110
2012 - Art In Oceania, A New History, ed(s) Peter Brunt & Nicholas Thomas, Yale
2010 - Childrens catalogue for 21st century: Art in the first decade, GoMA, Queensland
2010 - Thomas, N. Where ever it is that we want to go, Art Monthly, Issue 232, pp 38-42
2010 - Rouse, J. The Art of John Pule, Art New Zealand, Issue 135, Spring 2010, pp 34-37
2010 - Edmond, M. The Cloudscapes of John Pule, Art & Australia, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp 128-135
2010 - Durrant, J; Odes of a restless spirit, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 67, Mar/Apr, pp.86-91
2008 - Kaeppler, A. The Pacific Arts of Polynesia & Micronesia, Oxford University Press,
2008 - NGV Foundation Annual Report 2008, p.22
2007 - Date Line- Contemporary Art from the Pacific, A German touring exhibition catalogue
2007 - Crawford, A; Life, as seen by a South Pacific Man, The Age, 25 October, p.21
2007 - Colless, E; In fantasy lies fuel for wildly visceral vision, Arts, The Australian, 23 October, p.18
2007 - Backhouse, M; Art around the galleries, A2, The Age, 20 October, p.18
2007 - Makin, Jeff; Critic’s Choice, Herald Sun, 15 October, p.97
2007 - Strickland, K; Blinkers off, The Australian Financial Review, 11 October, p.50
2007 - Crawford, A; John Pule, Previews – VIC, Australian Art Collector, Issue 42, October/December, p 284
2007 - Signpost, VIC, Art Gallery Guide Australia, September/October, p 5
2007 - Hall, D; A brief history of emerging dreams: Catalogue, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2007 - Simpson, Peter; Red clouds descending, Amanakiaga exhibition catalogue, Karen Woodbury Gallery
2006 - Seear, L & Raffel, S (ed’s); The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, Brisbane, Australia
2006 - John Puhiatau Pule: Another Green World, exhibition catalogue, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2005 - John Pule, Galerie Römerapotheke, exhibition catalogue, Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - Kapakiloi Tagata, Pohutakawa Press, Auckland, New Zealand
2004 - New Lithographs and Etchings, Papergraphica, Christchurch, New Zealand
2003 - Dunn, M; New Zealand Painting: A concise History, AUP, Auckland, New Zealand
2003 - Venture: New Zealand Industry Magazine
2003 - The Contemporary Pacific, A Journal of Pacific Island Affairs, University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii
2002 - John Pule, When you return…, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 2002, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2001 - Eggleton, D; John Pule and the Psychic Territory of Polynesia, Art New Zealand, #99, Winter p62-65
1999 - Caughey, E. & Gow, J; Contemporary New Zealand Art 2, David Bateman, p48-51
1996 - Thompson, C; Meanjin, University of Melbourne, Australia
1996 - Zepke, S; Bodies in Question, exhibition review Art New Zealand, #78, Autumn
1996 - United Nations Year Of Tolerance, Social Policy Department, Victoria University, Wellington
1995 - Brown, W;100 New Zealand Paintings, Godwit Press
1995 - Vaigro, W; Bottled Ocean, Art Asia Pacific, Oct, Volume 2, #4
1995 - Art New Zealand, (Backcover image), #77, Summer
1995 - Vaigro, W; Interdigitate, Art New Zealand, #76, Spring
1995 - Sayle, J; Malika, Art New Zealand, #75, Winter
1995 - Thomas, N; Bottled Ocean, Art New Zealand, #74, Autumn
1995 - Thomas, N; Oceanic Art, Thames and Hudson, Sydney
1995 - Printout Issue 9, Press Print, Auckland, Autumn
1994 - Thomas, N; The Art of John Pule, Art Asia Pacific, Vol 1, #4
1994 - Ryan, T; Narratives of Encounters, Anthropological History of Niue, Auckland University, New Zealand
1994 - Trends Design, Vol 6, #2, Trends Publishing, Auckland, New Zealand
1994 - Beckett, R; New Zealand Home And Building, Apr/May, Auckland, New Zealand
1994 - Cross, M; The New Hiapo of John Pule, Art New Zealand, #66, Autumn
1993 - Scott, D; Would a Good Man Die? The Larsen Murder Case, Southern Cross
1992 - Griffin, J; Pacific Islands Artists, Art New Zealand, #64, Spring
1992 - Hulme, K. & Ihimaera, W; Reviews, New Zealand Books, Vol 2, Issue 7
1992 - Stamp Magazine, Issue 33, Base Publications, Auckland, New Zealand
1991 - Printout Issue 1, Arts/Literature, Printpress, Auckland, New Zealand

Works in Public Collections

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand
Chartwell Trust Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Fletcher Trust Challenge, Auckland, New Zealand       
Government of Niue, Niue
Wallace Trust Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
National Museum of Scotland, Scotland
Manukau City Council, Auckland, New Zealand
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National gallery of Australia, Canberra
Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington High Court, Wellington, New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Tjibaou Cultural Museum, New Caledonia
Pacific Studies Building, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Oceania Centre for Arts and culture, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand