25 Artists Ring In Baker Sponder’s 25th Anniversary
A Few of Our Favorite Things:
"First, the 1997 Tamarind Collector’s Club Gift Print was also a Donald Sultan 'Buttons' lithograph, our first as members of Tamarind’s Collectors Club; we are reminded how 15 years of participating in Tamarind’s Collector’s Club has enriched our lives and our home.
In 1997, we didn't know Donald Sultan's work. One day, we noticed on the back cover of a fancy, national magazine, that Donald Sultan was featured in an Absolute Vodka advertisement, Absolute Sultan! We felt very hip!
Lance loves the fact that the misplaced edition of this lithograph, Black Buttons, was in Tamarind’s original Albuquerque studio, forgotten completely by both Sultan and the Tamarind Staff. It’s a reminder of the value of rediscovered treasures so close to home and also, how needed Tamarind’s fabulous new home was.
Finally, Mr. Sultan’s 'Buttons' reminds us of Sew Natural.Creative Textiles, of which Linda owned and worked daily at for more than 30 years. Sew Natural was a Santa Fe fabric store with an extensive button selection and now, seems to have achieved iconic status in its absence."
-Lance and Linda Armer, National Advisory Board
Publisher: Tamarind Institute
Donald Sultan’s large-scale still life paintings are filled with rich iconography—provocative objects, like bulbous fruits, set against a tar-black background. Although primarily classified as a still lifes, Sultan maintains that his works (despite their representational objects—flowers, lemons, eggs, buttons) are first and foremost abstract. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Sultan moved to New York City in 1975 upon completion of his advanced studies. He is recognized as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor, and best known for his large compositions made following a unique technique: in place of canvas, Sultan covers masonite with 12-inch vinyl floor tiles, from which he cuts geometric and organic forms. Sultan fills the negative spaces with tar or plaster, followed by a layer of paint; his resulting images are distinctively textured and equally balance the contrast of positive and negative space.
American, b. 1951, Asheville, North Carolina, based in New York, New York