Donald Sultan (American)
Born 1951, Ashville, NC
Lives and works in New York, NY
Donald Sultan is a distinguished painter, printmaker, and sculptor. His paintings are derived from still life, but are foremost abstract. Sultan's large compositions of huge pieces of fruit, flowers, dominoes and other objects, set against the stark, tar-black and more recently constructivist-like backgrounds, dominate the viewer.
Sultan's work incorporates basic geometric and organic forms with a formal purity that is both subtle and monumental. His images are weighty, with equal emphasis on both negative and positive areas. Sultan describes his work as heavy structure, holding fragile meaning with the ability to turn you off and turn you on at the same time.
Donald Sultan’s work is included in the permanent collections of many prestigious institutions including: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Tate Gallery in London, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Sultan is active exhibiting internationally.
Red Flowers with Striped Background, 2002
Woodblock with embossing and flocking on hand-made paper 50 x 50 inches. Singapore Tyler Graphics Institute.
Mixograph on HMP, Ed. 32 of 75, 38" x 38"