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dan taulapapa mcmullin
O Taulaitu  (2012)
Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas
4 ft x 4 ft​ (123 cm x 123 cm)
Currently Showing in 'O le Puna 
a Solo Exhibition of Paintings 
by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
at Hamilton Library Pacific Collection
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Honolulu
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Mana and Ea (2013)
Vinyl and oil paint, 
and acrylic transfer collage 
on canvas on panel
8 ft x 6 ft (246 cm x 185 cm)​
Private Collection, Honolulu, Hawai'i
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Dancing Queen  (2012)
oil paint on photograph on panel
4 ft x 4 ft (123 cm x 123 cm)​
Private Collection, Dana Point, California
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Why Must I Wait For Night?
(2013)
Vinyl and oil paint, 
and mylar photo-collage 
on canvas
8 ft x 8 ft (246 cm x 246 cm)​
"COCONUT MILK"
Collected Poems of 
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
University of Arizona Press

Book cover from DTM Painting "Pink Heaven", collection of artist
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Manatu (2013)
Oil on canvas on panel
48 in x 48 in (122 cm x 122 cm)
Collection Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Tiki II (2013)
Photograph print on mylar phototransparency on panel, print 1 of 4
42 in x 32 in (106 cm x 82 cm)
Private Collection, Dana Point, California
Dan Taulapapa McMullin is a painter and poet working in Los Angeles. His paintings and poems explore the visual and political landscape of contemporary Pacific Islander culture.


From American Samoa, in the South Pacific Islands, of a Samoan and Jewish-Irish family, Taulapapa through his poems and paintings expresses life as a fa'fafine, a queer person in Polynesian culture. He was raised in the villages of Malaeloa and Leone, on Tutuila Island, in a traditional Samoan fale round-house, with coral stone flooring, sugarcane thatching, while brought up making indigenous siapo barkcloth painting by his great-grandmother Fa'asapa. He also lived in Europe, Asia, Hawai'i, and California, attending Cal Arts, with a B.A. from UC Irvine, and MFA from Claremont Graduate University. After a return to poetry and painting following decades of work in television, film, and theatre, he taught painting and poetry with the University of the South Pacific, California Arts Council, and American Samoa Arts and Humanities Councils.  His work is in the collections of the Bishop Museum, Gorman Museum, and Pacific Islander Ethnic Museum, and has shown at the De Young Museum, United Nations, and internationally.  He lives with his partner in Laguna California and Hudson New York, where he works in his studio practice in painting and narrative.
Polynesie (2014)
Oil on Canvas
30 in x 40 in (75 cm x 102 cm)
Currently Showing in 'O le Puna 
a Solo Exhibition of Paintings 
by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
at Hamilton Library Pacific Collection
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Honolulu
Self Portrait  (2015)
Oil on paper
30 in x 22.5 in (76 cm x 57 cm)
Currently in PIKO Pacific Islander Contemporary Artists Exhibition at PIEAM, Long Beach, CA, US