John Pule

Different Oceans is prominent New Zealand artist, John Pule’s second solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne. Comprising of drawings and paintings, these organic works intertwine personal narrative while engaging with broader issues of migration, colonialism, identity and Christianity.

Art Exhibition previously on at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Richmond precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 28 October 2009 to Saturday 21 November 2009

First Day on Earth 2009 image

Published by Karen Woodbury Fine Art on Monday 19 October 2009.
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Being of Polynesian heritage, Pule is self-conscious of his roots – transparently conveyed throughout his work. Recurring motifs such as birds, strange sea creature, plants and angels interact and blend together resulting in an exotic, Pacific, mythological visual experience.

John Pule’s work has been represented in three Asia-Pacific Triennials at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2006, 2002, 1996), and his painting Tukulagi tukumuitea (forever and ever) (2005) was illustrated on the front cover of the 2006 exhibition catalogue. Other selected exhibitions include Amanakiaga, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2007); Turbulence, the 3rd Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2007); Paradise Now!, Asia Society Museum, New York (2004); South Pacific Arts Festival, Belau (2004), New Caledonia (2000), and Samoa (1996); Iki and thanks for all the Ika, Contemporary Arts Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2003); People Get Ready, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, (2000); Wake Naima, Creating Together, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea (1998); Kwangju Biennale, Korea (1995); Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa (1995); and Bottled Ocean, New Zealand touring exhibition (1994) in addition to being shown in over fifty group exhibitions.

Pule’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including a major work acquired from his 2007 solo exhibition by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and National Museum of Scotland, Scotland.

John Pule is considered one of New Zealand’s most respected artists, evident by his inclusion in the following collections: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland; Auckland Museum, Auckland; Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington; Chartwell Trust Collection, Auckland; Wellington High Court, Wellington; Manukau City Council, Auckland and Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, Victoria University, Wellington.

A celebrated author and poet, Pule has completed three novels, including The Shark that Ate the Sun (1992) and Burn my Head in Heaven (1998), as well as being a published poet. In 2000 Pule was the University of Auckland Literary Fellow and in 2002 took up a distinguished visiting writer’s residency in the department of English at the University of Hawaii. In 2005 he was awarded an art residency at Roemerapotheke, Basel, Switzerland and in 2004 he was honoured with the prestigious Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.