Sula Rubens

Developing her recent observational work in the presence of classical musicians and cricketers, Sula Rubens is currently working on a series of figures engaged in performance. Initially the cricket figures appear to inhabit a completely other world to that of the interior of a concert hall. However, the moments when a cricketer walks ‘out to the middle’ or a soloist steps onstage to take his place at his instrument both have great potential power and vulnerability.

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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