Johnny Penisula

b. 1941d. 2023

Also known as:

  • John Reuelu Penisula

John Reuelu Penisula MNZM was born in Samoa and moved to New Zealand in 1962 setting up home in Invercargill.

He studied art at night classes and began exhibiting as a painter in 1972. As a sculptor, he experimented with a diverse range of sculptural materials including steel, aluminium, fibreglass, bone, argillite, greenstone and limestone before turning to his preferred medium of stone. His sculptures incorporate both traditional Polynesian and contemporary patterns; symbols that are significant in Pacific Islands history and culture.

See also:

Johnny Penisula, ‘Together/Hongi’ (c. 1999), 10 Dee Street, Waihōpai Invercargill

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021