Recent Work

Kin
Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper (map)

 

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Boy holding his Cat  Acrylic on paper  49 x 36 cm

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Girl with her Horse  Ink & watercolour on paper 36.5 x 37 cm

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Young Boy with Goat   Watercolour on paper 24 x 19 cm

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“Protecting, till the danger past, with human love” (Self Portrait)    Oil on canvas       72 x 62 cm

During the autumn of 2017, Sula embarked on a series of paintings which had been on her mind for a while. These works are the became a series with the working title of Kin.

They are about the current displacement of many people and the sadness of being away from one’s country and former security. The struggle to survive and protect one’s kin is universal. Children still play, whether they find themselves in a camp or on their own street.

The catalyst for this series was a self portrait (see above) she made in the spring of 2017. This picture was selected for the Exhibition of the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017 and exhibited at Piano Nobile, King’s Place, London.

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Kin     Oil on canvas     73 x 92 cm

Kin Study (Man with sleeping Child) Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper 24 x 19 cm

Kin Study   Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper   24 x 19 cm

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Kin Study – Youth carrying Sleeping Child    Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper    24 x 19 cm

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Kin – Five Children with Washing Line   Acrylic on paper 55 x 65 cm

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Three boys with football     Oil on canvas     76 x 91 cm

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Boy at Water’s Edge   Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper    24 x 19 cm

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Four Children with Tyres   Oil on canvas   71 x 107 cm

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Young Boy holding Small Bird  Watercolour on paper  22 x 16.5 cm

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Two Young Goats   Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper   19 x 24 cm

Kin - Three Goats & Two Girls Oil on canvas 129.3 x 106.5 cm

Kin – Two Girls with Three Goats   130 x 107 cm

In 2018 Mandell’s Gallery in Norwich mounted a solo exhibition of new work by artist Sula Rubens.

The show comprised a series  of paintings and drawings entitled “Kin”.

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 pieces, 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.

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Boy holding his Cat  Ink, pastel & watercolour on paper 40 x 37 cm

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Boy with Ball I   Charcoal, ink & pastel on paper   24 x 19 cm

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Boy with Ball II    Charcoal, ink and pastel on paper    24 x 19 cm

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Boy with Goat   Oil on paper   41 x 54 cm

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Children with Sofa   Oil on canvas   71 x 127 cm

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Seated Boy with Young Child    Oil on paper    53 x 36 cm

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Boy in Doorway    Pastel, ink & watercolour on paper   32 x 26 cm

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Girl with Horse  Ink, watercolour & acrylic on paper  36.5 x 37 cm 

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Young Boy holding a Small Bird    Watercolour & acrylic on paper   22 x 16 cm

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Fadi holding his cat Aleppo  Acrylic on paper  49 x 36 cm

For more images about the mural below , visit the post entitled SHORE FLIGHT on the Home Page.

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Recently completed commission  SHORE FIGHT – MURAL   4 x 1.6 metres approximately 

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Cellist Study   ink & soft pastel on paper

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Cellist Study on sheet music  charcoal & ink on paper

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The Elias Quartet in Rehearsal  charcoal on paper  29 x 40 cm

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Two Musicians (Elias Quartet) charcoal & ink on paper 33 x 24.5 cm

 This self-portrait has been selected for the exhibition of the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017 at Piano Nobile Kings Place, London

18th May – 22 nd September

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SELF PORTRAIT   oil & ink on canvas   72 x 62 cm

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ELIAS QUARTET – Martin Saving & Marie Bitloch

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Martin Saving of the Elias Quartet  ink & soft pastel on paper  40 x 41 cm

HARBOUR SAIL collage & pastel on paper 23.4 x 16.2 cm

HARBOUR SAIL  collage, pastel and charcoal on paper  24 x 16 cm

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SEA DAY   pastel & Hammerite on paper (calendar page)

Sula is participating in a collaborative piece to be shown at the Hamburg Altonale 2016 – The Sea Has No Boundaries, Stories of Travellers and Dreamers

Click on link below

http://www.artrevealmagazine.com/vvm4-goes-to-hamburg-altonale-18-july-16th-17th-2016/

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FIGURE WITH BALL   ink, pastel & watercolour on paper   16 x 11 cm

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PLAYER WITH BALL    oil on canvas  40 x 30 cm

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BOWLER STUDY oil on paper 20 x 29 cm

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FIGURE STUDY oil on paper

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PLAYER    oil on canvas    70 x 60 cm

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 BATSMAN STUDY    oil on paper

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PLAYER    oil on canvas   75 x 65 cm

MICHAELHOUSE CHORALE watercolour, ink, acrylic on paper 41 x 49 cm

MICHAELHOUSE CHORALE
watercolour, ink, acrylic on paper
41 x 49 cm

In 2014, Sula Rubens was appointed the first Artist in Residence at the Michaelhouse in Trinity St. Cambridge. Visit Residencies page or click on the Michaelhouse post on the Homepage for more images and information. 

 

MICHAELHOUSE ALTAR collage, Indian ink, watercolour on paper

MICHAELHOUSE ALTAR
collage, Indian ink, watercolour on paper    32.5 x 24.5 cm

MICHAELHOUSE INTERIOR WITH 2 FIGURES watercolour, Indian ink on paper 28 x 25 cm watercolour, in on paper 28 x 25 cm

MICHAELHOUSE INTERIOR WITH 2 FIGURES watercolour, Indian ink on paper 28 x 25 cm

MICHAELHOUSE STUDY charcoal, Indian ink on paper

MICHAELHOUSE STUDY
charcoal, Indian ink on paper 30 x 42 cm

MICHAELHOUSE STUDY Indian ink, watercolour on paper 57 x 44 cm

MICHAELHOUSE STUDY Indian ink, watercolour on paper 57 x 44 cm

MICHAELHOUSE STUDY, CHARLES I watercolour, Indian ink on paper 23.5 x 16 cm

MICHAELHOUSE STUDY, CHARLES I watercolour, Indian ink on paper 23.5 x 16 cm

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

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

During the past 3 years Sula has worked with the cricket figures alongside the musicians at Potton Hall, where she is Artist in Residence. The cricket figures became interesting as she began to draw at matches. At first these outdoor moving figures seemed to inhabit a completely other world to that of the interior of the concert hall. However, the batsman walks to the crease anticipating a performance much as the soloist steps onto the stage to take his place with his instrument. To see images of the Potton Hall musicians, go to the Residencies page.

JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET IN REHEARSAL 2012    charcoal on paper 40 x 50 cm

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JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET   ink & acrylic on paper

FIELDER pastel, Indian ink on paper

FIELDER   pastel, Indian ink on paper

The wicket is a stage where each man has a position and a role to perform. The movements of the players and umpires, seen from a distance are emphasized by the contrast of the white against the green.

BOWLER charcoal on paper 60 x 50 cm

BOWLER charcoal on paper 60 x 50 cm

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OUT charcoal, pastel on paper 16 x 11 cm

BATSMAN acrylic, pastel on paper 36 x 29 cm

BOWLER charcoal on paper 60 x 50 cm

BOWLER charcoal on paper 60 x 50 cm

VILLAGE MATCH charcoal, pastel on paper

VILLAGE MATCH STUDY charcoal, pastel on paper

To see more pictures click on flickr

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2 thoughts on “Recent Work”

  1. kste says:

    Your cricket pictures look great! Lovely to see them on your site. I so enjoyed it when you talked to me about how they came into being. Much love xxx

  2. Saw you at cricket today! As I paint and sculpt, the person I was with told me to check your site……..I find it interesting that you use paper with oil, something I have tried and found pleasing. Really like your style.

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