Mar 23 2012 By Poppy Bradbury
Mar Rubio is a painter and children's books illustrator. She lives on Somerset Road, West Ealing.
A SPANISH artist has hopes for a large countryside studio as she launches her first London exhibition.
Originally from Valencia, Mar Rubio has had a paintbrush in her hand since she was nine years old. She studied art in her home town before travelling to Rome, and Edinburgh three years ago on work experience.
After moving to West Ealing eight months ago, the 28-year-old is excited about her first London exhibition at Northolt Library.
She has just completed vibrant illustrations to accompany children's poetry book Jack Tar by Timothy Neat, which is waiting to be picked up by a publisher. She said: "I was living in Edinburgh when I met Timothy Neat. We started to speak about his project and he wanted me to illustrate a poem he had written in 1983 about a sailor goat. It was quite funny so I thought why not?"
The pieces on show document the artistic process from sketches of farmyard goats, to the sailor-dressed character to the computer enhanced final prints.
Speaking about her style, she said: "The art depends on the moment. But I quite like playing with reality. I like to transform reality and explore the colour and lines in contrast to what I see in reality.
"In the future I'd like to have a studio in the countryside and do many projects, big paintings and creating big wall murals."
Although painting and drawing is her medium of choice, the Spanish artist has previously created huge papier mache sculptures to burn ceremoniously in the colourful Fallas Valencia festival of fire.
She is currently studying part time for a national diploma in art and graphic design at Kensington and Chelsea College and paints on commission in her free time to earn a bit of extra cash.
The free exhibition runs from April 2 to May 5 at Northolt Library in Bengarth Road, Northolt.