Previous Work

Wherever Sula is living and working, close observation of her environment is integral to her work. She works in series with a theme developing in response to elements of her surroundings.

       This page shows examples from different series. Click on images to enlarge.

        For more examples click on this link to flickr  

INTERIOR WITH FIGURE collage, Indian ink, acrylic on paper

INTERIOR WITH FIGURE   collage, Indian ink, acrylic on paper 32 x 24 cm

Interior with Figure is a series of works on paper made in an ancient farmhouse in the Dordogne, France during 1992. Initially the aim was to paint the landscape there. However the early spring was cold and wet. Sula became fascinated by the interior of the house. She often looked into the grainy mirror hanging above the stove in her studio. Through this mirror she saw a mysterious space beyond her where figures or parts of figures might appear and inhabit the space.

INTERIOR WITH FIGURES oil on paper

INTERIOR WITH FIGURES   oil on paper 32 x 26 cm

INTERIOR WITH FIGURE oil on paper

INTERIOR WITH FIGURE   oil on paper 32 x 26 cm

COLONIAL GENTLEMAN Indian ink, acrylic on paper

COLONIAL GENTLEMAN   Indian ink, acrylic on paper

Landscape is a subject Sula revisits regularly. She has made painting trips of up to 6 months to work in the Spanish Pyrennees, France, Greece, Turkey and Ireland. To see more examples, click on this link to flickr

NORTHERN SPAIN watercolour  30 x 45 cm

NORTHERN SPAIN   watercolour 30 x 45 cm

Abandoned village (Spanish Pyrennees) acrylic on paper 60 x 70 cm

Abandoned village (Spanish Pyrennees)   acrylic on paper 60 x 70 cm

Huesca, Spanish Pyrennees   acrylic on paper 40 x 40 cm

NORTHERN SPAIN   water colour 30 x 45 cm

CAMPO, Northern Spain acrylic on paper

CAMPO, (Northern Spain)   acrylic on paper 60 x 70 cm

CAMPO (Spanish Pyrennees) acrylic on paper 60 x 70 cm

CAMPO (Spanish Pyrennees)   acrylic on paper 60 x 70 cm

Co. KERRY, IRELAND acrylic on paper

Co. KERRY, IRELAND   acrylic on paper

IRELAND watercolour on paper

IRELAND   watercolour on paper

Click on images to enlarge. For more examples, click on this link to flickr and the Landscape set.

WESTERKERK   oil on paper 32 x 26 cm

These interiors were made in response to the Westerkerk , Amsterdam, where Sula spent 2 months as Artist in Residence. To see more examples, click on flickr and the Westerkerk set

WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM   ink drawing

 

WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM    oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm

WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM   monotype 51 x 37 cm

WESTERKERK oil study

WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM   oil study 45 x 35 cm

Westerkerk ink drawing

WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM   Indian ink on paper       50 x 32 cm

Westerkerk, Amsterdam Indian Ink on paper 60 x 40 cm

WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM
Indian Ink on paper 50 x 35 cm

Sula lived  in Poland for a year (1994 – 95), long enough to absorb and work with the stimulating atmosphere there at that time. The drawings and paintings she made in her Gdansk studio give an insight to her response in that city, its people and their culture.

To view more images click on this link to flickr and look at the Gdansk set.

THOUGH GDANSK oil on canvas 65 x 55 cm

THOUGH GDANSK oil on canvas 65 x 55 cm

 

POLSKA REVOLUCJA   monotype 35 x 48 cm

THROUGH GDANSK   oil on canvas 90 x 75 cm

PANEL   oil, charcoal on paper 100 x 105 cm

LIKE NUMBERS   charcoal, oil on paper 50 x 60 cm

THROUGH GDANSK   monotype 90 x 80 cm

Coming to live for the first time in deep rural Suffolk, after the cities of Europe, Sula found herself experiencing her surroundings as a traveller might. The work she made (1996 – 1999) was in reponse to cottages with small windows, butterflies arranged on their walls, patterned furniture, the layout of book and newspaper pages, the light filtering through Venetian blinds in American black and white films, Thom Gunn’s phrase, “Love is an arranging”.

To view more images click on this link to flickr and look at the set “Between the Light”

WHITE WASH   collage, oil on paper 50 x 60 cm

BETWEEN THE LIGHT   collage, oil, acrylic, Indian ink on canvas 100 x 120 cm

CASABLANCA (BETWEEN THE LIGHT)   acrylic, Indian ink on paper 75 x 70 cm

READING ON WAKING   collage, oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm

BETWEEN THE LIGHT   oil,acrylic, Indian ink on paper 35 x 32 cm

BETWEEN THE LIGHT   oil on paper 40 x 43 cm

BETWEEN THE LIGHT   oil,soft pastel on paper 25 x 40 cm

WHITE WASH   oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm

In 1999 Sula Rubens moved to the East Coast. This coast, with its tides, erosions, reed marshes, ships and the everchanging light had a strong influence on her work.

NEAP TIDE oil, graphite, pastel on canvas 100 x 120 cm

NEAP TIDE  oil, graphite, pastel on canvas 100 x 120 cm

SHORE LINES oil, graphite, pastel on paper 70 x 60 cm

SHORE LINES  oil, graphite, pastel on paper      70 x 60 cm

OFF SHORE oil, soft pastel on paper 60 x 70 cm

OFF SHORE   oil, soft pastel on paper 60 x 70 cm

Wherever she is, close observation of her environment is integral to her work along with reference to objects such as photographs, postage stamps, discarded scraps of wallpaper or textured floor lino as well as drawings.

Sometimes these everyday objects are directly incorporated in a work as collage. Other times she refers to them to represent elements of the Suffolk coastline where she has lived and worked since 1999.

VOYAGE collage,pastel, acrylic, Hammerite on paper

VOYAGE   collage,pastel, acrylic, Hammerite on paper 20 x 15 cm

TITAN SAILS collage, charcoal, pastel on paper 40 x 50 cm

TITAN SAILS   collage, charcoal, pastel on paper 40 x 50 cm

ALDEBURGH SAIL charcoal, Hammerite, pastel on paper

ALDEBURGH SAIL   charcoal, Hammerite, pastel on paper 16 x 11 cm

SOUTH LOOKOUT SAILS collage, pastel, ink on paper

SOUTH LOOKOUT SAILS   collage, pastel, ink on paper

LONG SHORE (TITANIC) collage, soft pastel, charcoal on paper 100 x 120 cm

LONG SHORE (TITANIC) collage, soft pastel, charcoal on paper 100 x 120 cm

THE FIRST MONTH collage, Hammerite, charcoal, pastel on paper 11 x 16 cm

THE FIRST MONTH   collage, Hammerite, charcoal, pastel on paper 16 x 11 cm

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