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INVIOLABLE – Joy as a form of resistance

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‘Inviolable: joy as a form of resistance’ depicting the Black experience in contemporary culture by figurative artist, Linnet Rubaya, is set to open at the Saul Hay Gallery in Manchester on Saturday 19th June, running until Sunday 4th July.

Choose Joy

Rubaya has won high praise for her unique and extraordinary artwork that takes a deeper look at how Black people are represented in modern day culture – incorporating the use of vibrant colours contrasted against Black figures 

Rubaya was born in Harare in Zimbabwe in 1991 and grew up in London, studied Biomedical Science at the University in Brighton and now lives and works in Leeds. She was a recent winner of the prestigious New Light Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award. 

Chosen, you alone are enough

Using acrylic paint and drawing from an extensive digital archive across Pinterest, Instagram and a collection of personal photographs, Rubaya creates works that capture moments of intimate engagement and emotions that are distinctively contemporary.

In selecting Linnet Rubaya as the winner of the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award at New Light I was first drawn to the strength and confidence of the application of colour and form. The urgency and contemporary relevance of the people portrayed, and the sympathy and joy of that portrayal struck such a chord. Linnet is clearly an amazing young talent and we are excited to be bringing her solo show to Manchester

Ian Hay, Director of the Saul Hay Gallery

Rubaya credits artists such as Alma Thomas and Albert Irvin as influencing her use of colour as language while building on the figurative work produced by Kerry James Marshall, Barkley L Hendricks, and Amy Sherald, creating a style that is distinct and uniquely hers.

©2021 Linnet Rubaya, Saul Hay Gallery

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