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Measina II  (2012)
Oil paint on canvas
12 in x 12 in (30 cm x 30 cm)
Private Collection, Claremont, California
dan taulapapa mcmullin
O Taulaitu  (2012)
Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas
4 ft x 4 ft​ (123 cm x 123 cm)
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Maui Surfing St Anthony
(2012)
Photo mylar collage and vinyl paint on white gesso on canvas
4 ft x 4 ft (123 cm x 123 cm)​
dan taulapapa mcmullin
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
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
Pink Heaven (2013)
Vinyl and oil paint, 
and photo-transparency collage on canvas on panel
6 ft x 6 ft (185 cm x 185 cm)​
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
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Fa'afafine Memoire  (2013)
Personal and historical photographs
on mylar transparency, threaded steel rood, stand
101” x 41” x 30” 
(256 cm x 104 cm x 76 cm)​
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
Kitsch Love (2012)
Oil on canvas
48 in x 48 in (122 cm x 122 cm)
Dan Taulapapa McMullin is a painter and poet working in Los Angeles. His paintings explore the visual and political landscape of contemporary Polynesian culture, while questioning prevailing assumptions about indigenous and queer subjectivity. This work manifests in paintings that utilize notions of beauty in post-colonial images of the Pacific Islands, with a sense of irony through narratives of displacement and a queering of binaries, the work allows for new avenues of visual correspondence.

From American Samoa, in the South Pacific Islands, of 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. He studied with John Cage, John Baldessari, Michael Asher, and later with contemporary painters Allison Miller, Annie Lapin, and Sarah Cain, 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 has shown at the De Young Museum, United Nations, and internationally.  He lives with his partner in Laguna Niguel, and his studio practice is in downtown Los Angeles.