Donald Sultan

Six Yellows

Five Reds

White and Silver Poppies

Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Red

Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Purple

Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Olive

Mimosa, Sept.29, 2021

Reversal Poppies (Aqua and Black)

Six Yellows
Six Yellows


Edition: AP
Medium: Screenprint in colors with black flocking on wove paper
Signature: Pencil signed
Unframed Dimensions: 29.75 x 38 inches
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 44 inches
Year: 2002

Five Reds
Five Reds


Edition: AP
Medium: Screenprint in colors with black flocking on wove paper
Signature: Pencil signed
Unframed Dimensions: 29.75 x 38 inches
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 44 inches
Year: 2002

White and Silver Poppies
White and Silver Poppies


Edition: /25
Medium: Shaped aluminum with white powder coat on polished aluminum base
Signature: Signed
Unframed Dimensions: 24.5 x 24 inches
Series: Yes
Year: 2021

Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Red
Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Red


Edition: /50
Medium: Color silkscreen with over-printed flocking on Rising, 4 ply museum board
Signature: Pencil signed
Unframed Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches
Framed Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 inches
Series: Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012
Year: 2012

Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Purple
Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Purple


Edition: /50
Medium: Color silkscreen with over-printed flocking on Rising, 4 ply museum board
Signature: Pencil signed
Unframed Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches
Framed Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 inches
Series: Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012
Year: 2012

Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Olive
Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012 - Olive


Edition: /50
Medium: Color silkscreen with over-printed flocking on Rising, 4 ply museum board
Signature: Pencil signed
Unframed Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches
Framed Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 inches
Series: Lantern Flowers, May 10, 2012
Year: 2012

Mimosa, Sept.29, 2021
Mimosa, Sept.29, 2021


Edition: /40
Medium: color silkscreen with enamel inks and flocking on 4-ply museum board
Signature: Signed
Unframed Dimensions: 42 x 42 inches
Framed Dimensions: 48 x 48 inches
Series: No
Year: 2021

Reversal Poppies (Aqua and Black)
Reversal Poppies (Aqua and Black)


Edition: /40
Medium: color silkscreen with enamel inks and flocking on 4-ply museum board
Signature: Signed
Unframed Dimensions: 46 x 46 inches
Framed Dimensions: 51.5 x 51.5 inches
Series: Poppies
Year: 2015

Biography

Born in 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, Donald Sultan received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He moved to New York in 1975. The work of Donald Sultan is voluminous and varied. Since his first one-man show in 1977, he has enjoyed a distinguished career as painter, printmaker, and sculptor. His extensive body of work has placed him at the forefront of contemporary art, where he has become best known for his ability to successfully merge the best of yesterday's artistic tradition with a fresh, modern approach that is unique.

Although his paintings fit into the criteria of a still life, Sultan describes these works as first and foremost abstract. The largeness of Sultan's compositions, huge pieces of fruit, flowers, dominoes and other objects, set against the stark, unsettling tar-black, eight-foot square background, dominate the viewer. He is best known for his lemons and fruit, and states that his subjects develop from previous work. The oval of his lemons has led to a series of oval-blossomed tulips. Dots from dice have become oranges. What does not change with Sultan's work is the powerful statement his forms make.

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." Sultan's still-lifes have been described as studies in contrast.

Sultan has been given numerous exhibitions dedicated to his work, as well as having been included in a number of group shows. His work is included in the permanent collection of many prestigious institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.