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 artists.
John Pule is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 2001 of 419, of which 312 (74%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $147,722 for Uku/Anoint sold by Art+Object in November 2021. This year one work has been offered for sale. Works by John Pule are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).
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