Enfield Quaker Anne McNeill Pulati will be one of three women exhibiting this summer at the busy Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin in the Fields. She expects many thousands of visitors to this exhibition, at the world-famous church off Trafalgar Square.
“Inside Out/Outside In – an exhibition by three Quaker women artists” is free to enter and runs from Tuesday 11 August to Sunday 6 September2015.
Anne has been a practising artist and teacher since 1988. She works for an Enfield secondary school, and she also lives and paints in the borough.
She says, “As a Quaker, I have directed my energies into painting my spiritual beliefs through imagery. Most recent work is based on figures in a landscape, a metaphorical storyteller for the journey of life.”
Anne admits to some nerves about the exhibition. “Quaker testimonies ask us to ‘live adventurously’. The process of exhibiting my art has its own anxieties. But it is a way of sharing my faith with others. I hope to provoke some curiosity in people’s own life journeys.” She attends the Winchmore Hill Quaker Meeting.
The three Quaker artists – Anne McNeill-Pulati, Isa Levy and Caroline Jariwala – come from Christian, Jewish and Hindu backgrounds. Although different in style and medium, all share a spiritual search for truth, using the figure and the landscape.
Examples of Anne’s work at
“I’ve been a practising artist and teacher since 1988, after gaining a teaching certificate and a Fine Art Degree at St. Albans Art and Design School. I taught in Australia in Further Education and including working in a Women’s Detention Centre and for Ecumenical Groups. I work the Special Educational Needs department of an Enfield secondary school.
Much of my work has been based on portraiture and figures in a landscape. The figures have been used as a metaphorical storyteller for the journey of life. They move through a surreal landscape of doorways, openings and pathways, travelling either alone or with others, changing in scale and size – colour and position. I particularly enjoy painting children.”
I’m active in the Quaker Arts Network.”