About Sula Rubens

Sula Rubens studied at Central/St. Martin’s School of Art (BA Hons Fine Art), where she was influenced by working practices and theories of artist/tutors – Tricia Gillman, Alan Reynolds, Norman Ackroyd, Anthony Whishaw and Cecil Collins. Since graduating in 1989, she has practised as a painter and printmaker, living, working and exhibiting in many countries (including Gdansk, Poland; Amsterdam, Holland; Ireland, Greece and Spain). To see examples of Sula Rubens’ work throughout her career, visit the Home page of this site and click on the various posts showing the themes Sula has worked with. 

Follow Sula on Instagram: @sularubens

There is also a link at the bottom of all pages on this website.

Her work is represented in public and private collections in this country and abroad, including the The Royal Watercolour Society Diploma Collection, Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges and the Town Council of Amsterdam. Residencies include the Westerkerk in Amsterdam, the South Lookout Tower on Aldeburgh beach and currently, Potton Hall Recording Studio in Suffolk. In  2014 she was appointed as the first Artist in Residence at The Michaelhouse in Cambridge. (See Residencies page.)

In 2019 she was elected by the Royal Watercolour Society to become an Associate Member. In 2022 she was honoured with full membership.

Wherever she is, close observation through drawing is integral to her work. She tends to work in series that evolve from her response to the circumstances she encounters.

Click on the images to view in more detail.


“Protecting till the danger past, with human Love”     Oil on canvas    72 x 62 cm

Throughout the year paintings and prints are on display at:

Kin Study – Man and Child at Sea
Oil on paper
28 x 55 cm

Selected Exhibitions


Solo Exhibition – KIND Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich


The Biennial International Prize “Fabriano Watercolour 2022” Exhibition – Paper & Watermark Museum, Fabriano, Italy. Nominated to participate

Solo Exhibition – Kinship  Chappel Galleries, Chappel, Essex

Reflections – Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London

Royal Watercolour Society, Horsham Museum & Art Gallery

Wales Contemporary 2022 (selected), Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven, Wales & Oxo Gallery, London


Out of the Blue –  Gallery East, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Drawn to the Line – Piers Feetham Gallery, London

Shortlisted for The Alpine Fellowship visual Arts Prize

They can’t cancel Spring” online – Royal Watercolour Society

Hampstead Art Society Summer Exhibition, Fitzrovia Gallery, London


 People & Places Gallery East, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Shortlisted for the Castlegate Prize, Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Regular Exhibitions as an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London

Borders – Firstsite Gallery, Colchester, Essex

Drawn to the Line – Piers Feetham Gallery, London


Elected by the Royal Watercolour Society to become an Associate Member (ARWS)

Selected for The Contemporary Watercolour Competition Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

Gallery East, Stillness Woodbridge, Suffolk

Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich


Solo Exhibition – Kin  Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich

Chappel Galleries, Essex

Anna Airy Memorial Award Winners Exhibition  Ipswich Art Gallery

Musicians Snape Gallery, Aldeburgh Festival Suffolk

Southwold Arts Festival, Southwold, Suffolk

The School House Gallery, Wighton, Norfolk (since 1997)

Short listed for the Exhibition of The Sir John Hurt Art Prize, Holt Festival 2018 Norfolk

Selected for The Black Swan Arts Open 2018, Frome, Somerset

Print Exhibition, Craftco, Southwold, Suffolk


Selected for the Exhibition of the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Award 2017 Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London

Mandells Gallery, Norwich Seeing Through Drawing – A Celebration of John Berger         

Burgh House, Hampstead, London – “Coast to Coast”

Museum of National Pastime Collection commission Casey at the Bat San Mateo, California, U.S.A

Southwold Arts Festival, Southwold, Suffolk


Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich – A Figurative Presence

Hamburg Altonale, Germany

Southwold Arts Festival, Southwold Suffolk

The Merchant House Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk


Southwold Arts Festival, Southwold, Suffolk

Since 2003 Fry Gallery, Saffron Walden (Annual Exhibition-invited artist)


Michaelhouse Residency Exhibition – solo exhibition at the Michaelhouse, Cambridge

Ghosts of Gone Birds project and exhibition, Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary

 Belgrave St Ives Modern & Contemporary, Cornwall

Cricketers & MusiciansCraftco, Southwold Suffolk                                                                  


Potton Hall Residency Exhibition – solo exhibition

Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich

Cambridge City Art Fair (Mandell’s Gallery)

Belgrave St. Ives Modern & Contemporary, Cornwall

RE + New, Woodbridge, Suffolk (since 2010)

The School House Gallery, Wighton, Norfolk (since 1997)


Belgrave St. Ives Modern & Contemporary, Cornwall

 Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich

 South Lookout Tower Residency & Exhibition Caroline Wiseman Modern &  Contemporary, Aldeburgh, Suffolk


Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich

RE + New, Woodbridge, Suffolk (since 2010)                  

School House Gallery, Wighton, Norfolk (since 1997)
Pictures at an Exhibition Installation of Paintings to accompany Libor Novocek’s performance at Potton Hall, Suffolk
 i2 Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex


 Craftco, Southwold, Suffolk


 Halesworth Festival, The Cut – invited artist alongside Margaret Mellis


Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely


Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

Piers Feetham Gallery, London


Halesworth Gallery – solo exhibition

 Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge – solo exhibition


School House Gallery, Wighton, Norfolk – solo exhibition


Babylon Gallery, Ely


North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex – solo exhibition


Heffers Gallery, Cambridge


Union of Artists, Blue Hall Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia

First Site Gallery, The Minories, Colchester


Gainsborough House, Sudbury, Drawings for All


Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Eastleigh – prize winner


De Muserije, Museum of Den Bosch, Holland – solo exhibition


 Europe Prize for Painting, Ostend – finalist


Brett Gallery, Hadleigh, Suffolk – solo exhibition


Trumpington Gallery, Cambridge – solo exhibition


The Laing Collection Exhibition (toured)


London Contemporary Arts, Chelsea Harbour, London

1986-9      St Martin’s School of Art. ( B.A. Honours Degree) Influenced by working practices and theories of  artist/ tutors –      Tricia Gillman, Alan Reynolds, Norman Ackroyd, Anthony Whishaw and Cecil Collins



The Jackdaw – Easel Words – Independent Views on the Visual Arts, (No. 155, Jan/Feb 2021)

Who’s who in Art – Artists in Britain since 1945, David Buckman (2006)

Seeing through Drawing – A Celebration of John Berger at Mandells Gallery (published by Objectif)

Throughout the year paintings and prints are on display at:


Sula Rubens at work 2018

Awards/ Prizes

  • The Castlegate Prize, Finalist: 2020
  • Contemporary Watercolour Prize Exhibition, Finalist: 2019
  • The Holt John Hurt Art Prize, Finalist: 2018
  • The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Award, Finalist: 2017
  • Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art National Prize:1995
  • Winsor & Newton Young Watercolourist Award: 1992
  • New English Art Club/Marks & Spencer Award: 1991
  • The Anna Airey Memorial Award for Painting: 1989, 1990, 1991
  • Winsor & Newton/Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ Young Artists’ Award: 1989

Boy with Goat  Watercolour on paper  24 x 19 cm


The Elias Quartet  Charcoal, ink & watercolour on paper (sheet music) 25 x 33 cm

PIANIST STUDY Indian ink, pastel, charcoal on paper 17 x 42 cm

SEA PICTURE collage, pastel, oil on paper 23 x 34 cm


Ink, pastel & watercolour on paper 25 x 18 cm

When British ships belonging to what was known as the First Fleet were dispatched under Govenor Philip to Australia during the late 1780’s, their task was to found a penal colony to which British felons could be transported.

One of the by-products of this epic journey was an upsurge in knowledge of Australian natural history. The White Gallinule was one of the creatures to be discovered during the expedition. It lived on Lord Howe Island, a small and isolated piece of land lying some 480 km off the eastern coast of Australia. Men who visited the island were easily able to kill the birds with sticks and because of this fact, it is likely that the White Gallinule was flightless. Once man began to visit the island regularly, the species’ days were numbered and it seems to have survived only a few decades after the coming of the First Fleet.

The White Gallinule stands on its island. On the horizon is the shape of a distant ship (bringing men who will soon destroy the species)

This picture is made on a page from an Encyclopaedia from around 1905. Within the body of the bird, you can see a map of Australia and to the East, Lord Howe Island where the White Gallinule lived.

This picture was included in the Ghosts of Gone Birds project and exhibition curated by Chris Aldhous in 2014 at Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary, Aldeburgh Suffolk.

5 thoughts on “About Sula Rubens”

  1. Philip O'Hear says:

    I have really enjoyed looking at this site – Keep going!!


  2. Dear Sula,

    I was so curious to see what you website was like.
    this ist yet the first page I could see – and i already smiled to see your pic and your pictures…
    Take very good care about yourself and let’s get in touch again.
    I started my answer to your mail and will keep on finishing it right away!

    Alles Liebe,


  3. Harriet Thistlethwaite says:

    Apropos that dog in large painting of your son sleeping I told you it reminded me of ‘Kind Dog’. I’ve googled it now and Kind Dog is an integral part of the And and Bee children’s books. Part of my own childhood memories…
    Take a look.
    Love all your pictures.

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