Mostly self-taught, John Pule is regarded as one of the Pacific’s most significant artists.
Born in the village of Liku, Niue, John Pule moved with his family to New Zealand in 1964, at the age of two. The painter, printmaker, novelist and poet has been at the forefront of New Zealand contemporary art since he began painting in the early 1990s. Pule uses his art to explore his identity as a Niuean living in Aotearoa, migration and colonialism, and the history and mythology of his homeland.
This stamp issue celebrated four paintings from Pule’s recent series of dream-like, technicolour works that incorporate towering plants and small human figures.
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|Date of issue:||5 June 2019|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Hannah Fortune, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||35mm x 34.55mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||12|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 4 June 2020.|