Haile King Rubie Collection

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Haile King Rubie uses art to express feelings that are otherwise difficult for him to communicate. He attended The Learning Tree Preparatory School as a child where his affinity for music, dance, and the arts were nurtured. For the past ten years, he has been expressing ideas related to his family, African and Caribbean culture, dance, and music through acrylic abstractions.

He received formal artistic training at The Art Students League of New York, The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), and with two private mentors: Haitian-born artist Carl Thelemaque and Jamaican-born artist Ronaldo Davidson. Whether his pictures capture the childhood glee of chasing balloons, the festive spirit of Caribbean carnival, or a fearsome movie character that captivated his imagination, his art is an unadulterated outgrowth of his heart. Most of his paintings are signed with a bold “Haile”.  Haile’s purity of expression has impressed viewers since the beginning of his journey. Most people who discover his works are surprised to learn that he was born with Down Syndrome.

Haile’s accomplishments include, the donation of two paintings to the Mount Sinai Hospital Pediatric Heart Center following the heart-reconstruction surgery that saved his life in 2008.  His commissioned painting, “Welcome to Harlem” (2011), was selected from a pool of submissions and etched in steel as part of the permanent installation of 15 works by contemporary Harlem Artists in the Harlem River Park Etched Steel Plaques Project. Other New York exhibitions include: HOAST / artharlem from 2007-2009; JVC Jazz Festival 2008; The Museum of Natural History 2009; The National DOWNrightART Exhbition, CasaFrela Gallery 2009; Artwalk Harlem 2010; Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, 2011; and Hutchins Gallery Exhibition, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library of the Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus.  His awards include the 2014 FEGS/Haym Salomon People’s Choice Art Contest (for Rats, acrylic on paper, 2013).

Haile King Rubie has received commendations from City Council of NYC; Inner City Broadcasting; Studio Museum of Harlem; Hon. Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City; Hon. Charles Rangel, United States Congressman; Hon. Bill Perkins, New York State Senator; Hon. Inez Dickens, New York City Council Member; and the late Hon. Percy Sutton, President of the Borough of Manhattan. His canvas, Balloons (2007), was introduced by Sharon Stone at the National Downs Syndrome Foundation’s 2011 Spring Luncheon in NYC; the work was presented to author Jagatjoti S. Khalsa as a prize for his 2010 book, “I’m Down With You: An Inspired Journey”. Haile’s art and remarkable story have received media attention in The Amsterdam News, Village Voice, The Beacon, Caribbean News, Daily News, WABC television news, Fox News and New York 1 News.  “Nothing you read or see will really fall into place until you put a face on the name of this artist and the artwork.”   — Painter, Carl Thelemaque.

 

African Tribal Face, (2007), 20 x 16 inches,
acrylic on paper

African Tribe, (2013), 37.5 x 24 inches,
acrylic on paper

African Ritual, (2008), 35 x 24 inches,
acrylic on paper

Bat Over NYC, (2011), 30 x 22 inches,
acrylic on paper

Boy In The City, (2012), 30 x 22 inches,
acrylic on paper

Drummer, 32.5 x 27 inches,
acrylic on paper

Fright, (2013), 27.5 x 22 inches,
acrylic on paper

Girl With Mirror, (2013), 25 x 20 inches,
acrylic on paper

Kwanzaa, (2008), 24 x 36 inches,
acrylic on paper

Market, (2013), 26 x 20 inches,
acrylic on paper

Mother And Child, 26 x 20,
acrylic on paper

The Night Shadows, (2008), 27.5 x 22 inches,
acrylic on paper

Sunset, 26 x 20 inches,
acrylic on paper

Untitled (Jazz), 29.5 x 23 inches,
acrylic on paper

Unitled (zoo), 29.5 x 23 inches,
acrylic on paper