Since graduating from Central/St. Martin's School of Art, London in 1989, Sula Rubens has practised as a painter and printmaker and exhibited in many countries (including Gdansk, Poland, Amsterdam, Holland, Ireland, Greece and Spain.)
Her work is represented in public and private collections in the UK and abroad, including the Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges and the Town Council of Amsterdam.
Residencies include the Westerkerk, Amsterdam and currently, Potton Hall Recording Studio and Concert Hall, Suffolk.
Awards and prizes include: Winsor & Newton Young Watercolourist Award; Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Prize; Anna Airey Memorial Art Prize; Winsor & Newton/Royal Institute of Oil Painters' Young Artist's Award; New English Art Club/Markd & Spencer Award.
"As an artist I have often traveled to paint. Wherever I am, close observation of my environment is integral to my work. I begin everything with drawing. I tend to work in series. Their subjects evolve from my response to the circumstances I encounter.
Since 2010, as artist in Residence at Potton Hall, I have been working with musicians as they rehearse. Alongside the musicians, I began a series of cricket figures. They became interesting to me as I began to draw at matches. The contrast and drama of white clad figures moving against a vast area of green, lit by the sky, attracted me. At first, I regarded these outdoor moving figures as inhabiting a completely other world from that of the interior of a concert hall, with its golden light. However, the batsman walks to the crease anticipating a performance, much as the soloist steps onto the stage to take his place at his instrument. Both men are performing on stage. There is about them, great vulnerability and potential power as they take up their positions. Once play begins, anything can happen.