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O Taulaitu  (2012)
Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas
4 ft x 4 ft​ (123 cm x 123 cm)
​Collection of the Artist

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, 
dan taulapapa mcmullin
Why Must I Wait For Night?
Vinyl and oil paint, 
and mylar photo-collage 
on canvas
8 ft x 8 ft (246 cm x 246 cm)​
Collection of the Artist

dan taulapapa mcmullin
Collected Poems of 
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
University of Arizona Press

Book cover from DTM Painting "Pink Heaven", collection of artist
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 poet and artist working in New York. His paintings, videos, installations, and poems explore the visual and political landscape of contemporary Pacific Islander thought and 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, studying with John Cage and Laurie Anderson, 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 Hudson New York, where he works in his studio practice in painting and poetry.
Polynesie (2014)
Oil on Canvas
30 in x 40 in (75 cm x 102 cm)
​Collection of the Artist
Painting and poetry 
in exhibition 
"Pacific Worlds" 
at Oakland Museum of California
now to January, 2016
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Mandy Treagus book review of "Coconut Milk" here