Pilgrimage by Anita Schep

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Oil and ballpoint pen on Canvas. 121 × 121cm. 2008

This is a portrait of a good friend Mulkie Suleyman, who is a Somali Muslim, living in Australia for the past 10 years. The place behind her is based on Mosques in Cairo, but is just representational of Islam really, not any place in particular.

I called it Pilgrimage because I wanted it to be about the journey we are all on to find our roots, be comfortable in our faith, and come to terms with our past.

Entered in 2008 Blake Prize for Spiritual & Religious Art. Entries close 27/6/08, and I hope I get in!!!

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  • Aaron .
    Aaron .over 6 years ago

    Holy schmackos Anita – this is gorgeous – love the colour, the lines – really striking. Well done.

  • Thanks so much! It was a joy to paint. For once, things just seemed to flow. Ya gotta love those moments!!

    – Anita Schep

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    Yeah….what Flamejob said! This is simply stunning Anita….Mulkie must be thrilled. The colours and the composition are fabulous…and the contrasts in the textured, dripping background and the smooth lines of your subject are wonderful.

  • Awww… thanks Estelle. Mulkie hasn’t seen it yet, but I hope she likes it! It tells a story of coming to terms with one’s faith…

    – Anita Schep

  • Peter Redmond
    Peter Redmondover 6 years ago

    That is sensational, wow that is so good, ball point pen?

  • Ta! Yup ballpoint pen – one of the few things that draws on very shiny oil paint and varnish.. I discovered! Check out the detail of this pic for where the ballpoint is…

    – Anita Schep

  • AmandaGWright
    AmandaGWrightover 6 years ago

    WoW! This is stunning! Holy shitaki! Beautiful, beautiful work….

  • “shitaki” … lol. Thanks Amanda, Im always so chuffed when other artists like my work!

    – Anita Schep

  • AtaAlishahi
    AtaAlishahiover 6 years ago

    beautiful work Anita :)

  • blush thankyou…

    – Anita Schep

  • Natinga
    Natingaover 6 years ago

    as I have said in the past Anita, you truly have raw talent, well done.

  • blush blush blush why thankyou, fellow artiste! xx

    – Anita Schep

  • Leanne Inwood
    Leanne Inwoodover 6 years ago


  • bearpaw
    bearpawover 6 years ago

    wowie!! absolutely awesome portrait Anita!! I’m sure Mulki will love it :))

  • bearpaw
    bearpawover 6 years ago

    ps- you wonderful Artiste you :))

  • Nuh Sarche
    Nuh Sarcheover 6 years ago

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