Allegories and Metaphors

Anne McNeill Pulati
Highgate Gallery
16 - 29 Sep 2022
Wednesdays to Fridays 13:00-17:00, Saturdays 11:00-16:00
Sundays 11:00-17:00, Mondays & Tuesdays Closed
Private View: Friday 16 September 18:00-20:30

(Detail) Fat Cats:  oil on canvas 90x140cm.
© Anne McNeill Pulati 2022. All rights reserved.

Anne McNeill Pulati uses the figure as a vehicle, metaphorically and pictorially, in her creative practice. These images are her personal reflections of human experience and spirituality.

Inspiration and research for the work includes ancient and modern belief systems, myths and legends, and cultural variations from around the world, particularly regarding the journey of the soul.  For many years she has been interested in metaphor and often incorporates motifs and symbols, ignoring compositional perspectives and using metaphysical landscapes.

Symbols which are commonly understood, such as figures, angels, flowers, rivers, and shadows appear frequently. Anne states that she is principally a colourist. The medium of paint offers her the freedom to tell a narrative through colours, textures and surfaces and allows an immediacy that encourages her imagination.

Art-making has enabled Anne to develop an understanding of the journey in life which she follows.  The essence of Quakerism sits in her life’s journey.  The making of a painting has come, for her, from a place which at that point is a “story beginning to unfold.”

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 fulfillment only by entering this activity.”

Page of Pentacles: oil on board 60x46cm. © Anne McNeill Pulati 2022. All rights reserved.

The Challengers: oil on canvas 50x40cm. © Anne McNeill Pulati 2022. All rights reserved.

She believes that we all have gifts that are not our own, but are to share, and which may possibly benefit others.  The fact that we should share our gifts is the point, and it is usually fear of failure that stops us.  She says: “It doesn’t matter what you share, it’s the intention behind it that people will see.” In showing her work she hopes that those who see it, will be able to ponder on their own responses.

For more information contact the artist here
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Contact Co-ordinator for Highgate Gallery: Beth Robertson