Black Flowers, Oct 13 1996

Publisher: Tamarind Institute

About Donald Sultan

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Donald Sultan: New Paintings, RYAN LEE, New York
2015
Frontiers Reimagined: Art that Connects Us, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Venice
2015
Donald Sultan, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
2013
2013
A Few of Our Favorite Things, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Donald Sultan: New Paintings, RYAN LEE, New York
2016
DONALD SULTAN : COUNTERPARTS, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson
2015
2015
Donald Sultan, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
2014
Donald Sultan "Floral Constructions", Vertu Fine Art, Boca Raton

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Lasting Impressions, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan
2016
2016
"Sunscreen" - Group Show, Newzones, Calgary
2016
COLLECT: WORKS FROM THE SECONDARY MARKET, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc., Fort Worth
2016
Post-war/Contemporary Highlight, De Re Gallery, Los Angeles
2015
Frontiers Reimagined: Art that Connects Us, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Venice
2013
2013
A Few of Our Favorite Things, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
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