Born 1951, Asheville, South Carolina, U.S.A.


The work of Donald Sultan is representational, abstract and varied. Since 1975, when he arrived in New York, Sultan's creative energy has manifested itself in several forms including painting, printing, and sculpting.   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 history with a fresh, modern approach that is unique.   He came at an age when Minimalism and Conceptualism were the dominant artistic modes.


Although his paintings fit into the criteria of still life, Sultan describes his works as first and foremost abstract. The largeness of Sultan's compositions, large pieces of fruit, flowers, and other objects, set against the stark, black background, dominate the viewer.


He is best known for his lemons and fruit. The oval of his lemons has led to a series of oval-blossomed tulips. Dots from dice have become oranges.  What stays consistent in Sultan's work is the statement his forms make. His work incorporates basic geometric and organic forms with a formal virtue that is both subtle and significant.


Donald Sultan is one of the most significant artists of our time. His incredible body of work has international appeal and is well represented in museum collections worldwide.


MUSEUM ART COLLECTIONS: The Art Institute of Chicago; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Cincinnati Art Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; Des Moines Art Center; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Tobataku Kitakyushu, Japan; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Saint Louis Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art.









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