Sula Rubens

Join Sula Rubens at Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich for drinks at the Private View of her recent work ‘KIN’. Sun 6 May 2018 12pm–4pm Exhibition continues until 19 May 2018

The primary focus of ‘Kin’ is people. Although there is no direct reference in these works to current issues of the displacement and suffering of refugees, some of the people Sula paints are displaced, struggling to survive and protect their kin. Some are also making music, tending animals, sleeping, laughing or playing as people do wherever they happen to be. Children play football whether they are in a refugee camp or in their own street.

In Sula’s paintings and drawings the people are transient figures moving through spaces she creates for them on canvas, maps or book pages. In some works, sky, land, sea, maps or buildings show through their painted and drawn forms. They are portrayed outside and always relating to one another by talking, laughing or hand gestures. In each picture, there is one figure, even if it is a goat, who looks directly at the viewer.

The drawing is strong. The paint is laid lightly, just enough to convey their presence. The viewer can see just enough. There is no directly explained or implied back story. We view these people as they are at this moment. Their dignified presence in these paintings and drawings is at once moving and life-affirming.

Meet Sula on Sat 12 May 12pm3pm.
An opportunity to meet the artist
and discuss her work.

About  Sula Rubens

Studying at Central/St. Martin’s School of Art (BA Hons Fine Art), Sula Rubens was influenced by the working practices and theories of artist/tutors – Tricia Gillman, Alan Reynolds, Norman Ackroyd, Anthony Whishaw and Cecil Collins. Since graduating in 1989, she has exhibited widely and practised as a painter and printmaker in many countries (including Amsterdam, Gdansk in Poland, St. Petersburg in Russia and the rural landscapes of France, Spain, Greece and Ireland. She currently lives on the East Anglian coast.

Often travelling to paint, Sula has immersed herself in various landscapes, buildings and their people. She has collaborated with artists, poets and musicians nationally and internationally. Wherever she is, close observation through drawing is integral to her work. She tends to work in series, with a theme developing from her response to the circumstances she encounters.

In 2014 she was appointed first ever Artist in Residence at the Michaelhouse in Cambridge. Other residency appointments include The Lookout Tower in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, Potton Hall Classical Recording Studio/Concert Hall in Suffolk and the Westerkerk in Amsterdam.

Her work has been awarded numerous prizes and is represented in public and private collections in this country and abroad (including the Leicestershire Collection for Schools & Colleges and the Town Council of Amsterdam).

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