Cupboard Love 2022, oil on canvas, 60x60cm
an exhibition of paintings
4 – 30 July 2023
Thursday July 6th 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Sunday July 30th 12.00 – 3.00 pm
There will be artist talks on 19th and 30th July
Viewing by appointment at other times
For further information contact Jonathan Ross:
Phone 07747 807576
My work has been influenced and evolved side by side with my faith and spiritual beliefs. Over the years my paintings were either landscapes or figurative, often in a metaphorical setting. Then a union of both began. It has been inspired increasingly by the Quaker testimonies of Peace, Equality, Truth and Simplicity. They have guided me, to take my leadings in a personal expression through a creative process.
‘Through the act of creativity, I enter a process which delivers something that usually surprises me and also is not consciously designed. In this process, I receive insights and a fulfilment which I only have by entering this activity.’
In recent years my research has been about different faiths and religions, and the journey of the soul. Most of these beliefs include an invisible realm.
This has been my journey and interest for the last 40 years.
I am part of the Quaker Arts Network which was initiated in 2012. The Network has been endeavouring to encompass artists from all over Britain and beyond who are travelling a Quaker pathway.
Anne McNeill-Pulati 2023
Anne McNeill-Pulati’s painting has a joyful use of colour that predominantly defines her compositions in which, on further study, a deeper narrative can be found. She prefers the media of oil on canvas or ink and gouache on paper. To convey emotion she emphasizes the facial expression of the figures. The studies for the oil paintings are worked in small sketches, often initially starting with colour rather than form. These sketches are usually collected in small series which she then compiles into artbooks.
“Through the act of creativity, I enter a process which delivers something that usually surprises me and is also something that I can have only by entering this activity.”
The exhibition ‘Two Worlds’ shows a body of work based on myths and legends about an invisible world. This central narrative is an unseen phenomenon but is also real. As a species we humans have found it supportive to abide by the rules of belief systems found in superstitions and religions. The rules of these systems have been influenced by the need to survive. In contrast, the visible world provides its own evidence to their value and purpose but interpretations feed opinion and outcomes. Her work includes notions of self, what is inside of ourselves, our fears, desires, phobias and strengths.
Past influences in artmaking
The narratives are inspired and influenced by artists, poets and writers both past and present; artists such as William Blake, Hieronymus Bosch, PP Rubens, Velazquez, Botticelli, Goya, Chagall and Picasso, who have been masters of painting as a form of expression. Biblical and religious texts are also rich and plentiful in this genre which have been a source of inspiration.
Design of imagery
Anne McNeill-Pulati’s creatures are often part real and part mythological. The figures are lacking in ethnicity, rather trying to show the nature of the storyline. A lack of perspective and a multi-viewpoint approach to her compositions allow for her imagination to flow more freely. The narratives come from the many cultural and ethnic belief systems.