John Pule was born in Niue and moved to Auckland with his family when he was two years old.
He began exhibiting in 1987 but his work changed dramatically by the 1990's when he started using a mix of Niuean and Western symbols, lettering and images. In some of his earlier work he uses primed, unstretched canvas using smudged reddish, rusty brown and dull green paint producing an effect that resembles painted bark cloth (tapa cloth).
Pule's paintings depict Pacific Island mythology, migration, colonisation and religion and lately have incorporated his poetry.
Pule is a published poet and the author of two novels.
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