11VA cultural narratives

Nolan explores the narrative, mythology, interpretations of the Ned Kelly story and its significance in Australian culture.

John Pule's paintings and prints explore the history of his island home in the Pacific. His images refer to the coming of Chrisitan missionaries in the C19th, the impact of WW2 in the Pacific region, the erosion of traditional Niuean culture. HIs paintings visually resemble the tapa cloths made on Niue and refer to symbols and narratives from his culture.

Nolan's image of Kelly as been appropriated by Kimberley region indigenous painter Freddie Timms. http://www.moragalleries.com.au/ftimms/ned_kelly2000.html
The peacock was kept as a watch-bird to alert members of the family to th approach of police.
C16th engraving, Europe
C20th Australian
Kelly is 'reduced' to a sihouetted, flat, modernist emblem. He is made , by Nolan, one with the horse. The mythologised man-animal roams, rifle in hand, through a flat archetypal landscape.
The co-joined horse-rider is chased by a constable on horseback. Some critics have likened the red and yellow stripes to those of a team shirt and the cat-and-mouse chase to sporting game of strategy and skill. Sport: another potent element of Australian identity.
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born 1962 in Niue; lives and works New Zealand. Poet, writer, painter, printmaker. http://www.gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz/artists/johnpule/ http://qagoma.qld.gov.au/collection/pacific_art/john_puhiatau_pule
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