Altoon Sultan, ‘Transition’, 2016, McKenzie Fine Art

Along with Altoon Sultan's well-known paintings and textiles are a new body of work: bas-relief sculptures in painted porcelain. The work was begun in 2015. They were inspired by Ghiberti’s bronze doors, Persian relief sculpture at the British Museum, and especially, an exhibition of Middle Kingdom Egyptian sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The imagery is similar to that in her paintings, but becomes even more abstracted as the sculptures are painted monochromatically in matte acrylic. While form is paramount in all three bodies of work, the relief sculptures, in their precise and focused rendering, have an enhanced sense of quiet power and reserve.

About Altoon Sultan

American, b. 1948, Brooklyn, NY, United States, based in Vermont, United States