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.

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Selected Shows

Donald Sultan: Poppies & Lemons ,Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco

Donald Sultan ,Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

Donald Sultan: Bloom, Mixografia, Los Angeles

Donald Sultan: New Paintings, RYAN LEE, New York

DONALD SULTAN : COUNTERPARTS, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson

Donald Sultan | New Works: Poppies, Mimosas and Buttons, Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco

Donald Sultan "Floral Constructions", Vertu Fine Art, Boca Raton

Contemporary Masters, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Path To Pop! Celebrate The Holidays, Galerie d'Orsay, Boston

Room for Play, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan

Autumn Salon, David Krut Projects, New York

CHILL LONDON 2018, Joseph Fine Art LONDON, London

7th Anniversary, New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte

Untitled Projects: Contemporary & Pop Selections, Untitled Projects, Los Angeles

Art with Impact, Merritt Gallery

"Sunscreen" - Group Exhibition, Newzones, Calgary

All-American Inspired, Merritt Gallery

Masterworks on Paper, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York

Mother's Day!, New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte

#ArtWiseUP: Flowers In Spring, ArtWise

Miniatures by Master Artists, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York

Seeing Red, Andrea S. Keogh Art and Design, Newport

Art Boca Raton, Adamar Fine Arts, Boca Raton

Spring Lookbook Exhibition, Merritt Gallery

Say It With Art!, New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte

Art Stage, STPI, Singapore

Winter Exhibition: Post-War Meets Today, Robert Fontaine Gallery