Since graduating from Central St. Martin’s School of Art in 1989, Sula Rubens has practised as a painter and printmaker, living, working and exhibiting in many countries (including Gdansk, Poland; Amsterdam, Holland; Greece and Spain). Her work is represented in public and private collections in this country and abroad, including the Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges and the Town Council of Amsterdam. Residencies include the Westerkerk in Amsterdam and currently, Potton Hall Recording Studio in Suffolk.
Wherever she is, close observation of her environment is integral to her work along with reference to objects such as photographs, post cards, printed book pages, labels, 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. This coast with its tides, erosions, reed marshes, ships and the everchanging light has a strong influence on her recent work.
She gradually builds up the paintings in layers, using a variety of media: oil paint, graphite, soft pastel, charcoal,collage and printing techniques. Often the etchings incorporate the chine colle technique.