Pacific art with a Story/ John Pule

Remembering every sketch he's completed is no easy task for a man who composes art on Niuean bark cloths bigger than the studio he works from.

But John Pule is flooded with memories of each piece when he surveys the room his collection Hauaga is housed in at Auckland Art Gallery.

He completes many of the larger works, some as long as 15 metres, in stages and they are all being showcased in one place as part of an exhibition until March 25.

"It's overwhelming but at the same time I look back and it feels as if I've done something," he says.

 

More than two decades of his work are on show.

Small and intimate etchings completed when Mr Pule was just beginning his career sit next to bold and blue paintings that dominate entire walls.

 

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November 14, 2012