Donald Sultan reduces his pictorial objects, often fruits and flowers, to their mere outlines and contrasts them sharply. He reinterprets the classical still lifes and creates impressive works that, with their degree of abstraction and the imposing size, create strong contrasts between the luminous motif and the background. The intimacy of the murky painting is transformed into massive platsity and produces a so-called visual effect through a saturated background.
In the manner of Pop Art, large-scale and with clearly defined contours, the pictorial objects are emblematic through the stylization. Sultan describes the raw image as "something brutal and beginning". Afterwards, he combines artifical materials and techniques with stylistic and iconographic strategies of Pop Art. Objects, fruits or flowers as traditions of still lifes are transformed into large reductions and strong contrasts on large, square panels. Sultan moves on the border of the abstract and everyday, combining geometrical and organic forms, whereby the language of the pictures becomes both monumental and fragile.
Until now Sultan is the youngest artist who was honored with a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at the age of 37. He was part of the "New Image" movement in the late 1970s in New York.
*1951 in Asheville, North Carolina
1973 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1975 Master of Fine Arts / School of the Art Institute in Chicago
Donald Sultan zieht nach New York City
1977 bespielt Donald Sultan seine erste Einzelausstellung
1978 Creative Artists Public Service Grant, New York, NY
1980-1981 State National Endowment for the Arts
1980er und 1990er Jahren nimmt Donald Sultan zahlreiche Lehraufträge an, die ihn an so renommierte Institute wie die Harvard University in Cambridge (1986) führen.
2000 Doctor of Arts, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington D.C.
2002 Awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the New York Academy of Art, NY
2007Awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville
2011 "Lifetime Achievement Award"
Seine Werke sind international in bedeutenden Museen und öffentlichen Sammlungen vertreten, darunter das Metropolitan Museum of Art und das Museum of Modern Art in New York, das Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokio, das Singapore Museum of Art und die Londoner Tate Modern.
Lebt und arbeitet in New York.
2013 Donald Sultan - The Drawing Room gallery, East Hampton, NY
The Flower Series - Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA
2009 Inspired in Asia, Two New Editions, Mixografia ®, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Wallflowers, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, US
2008 Butterflies, Flowers and Smoke Rings, Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Forsblom Projects, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2006 NEIL JENNEY / DONALD SULTAN the art bar, WAQAS WAJAHAT, New York, NY
Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires, Mallorca, Spain (solo)
2005 DONALD SULTAN: 1991-2005, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
2004 Donald Sultan: Three New Editions, Mixografia ®, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, USA (solo)
Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore (solo)
2001 Donald Sultan '10 Paintings' & David LaChapelle, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2000 raveling exhibition: Donald Sultan: In the Still-Life Tradition, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis,TN, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
1999 The Jewish Museum - New York, New York, USA (solo)
1996 Thinking Print - Books to Billboards 1980-95, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1995 Recent Acquisitions on Paper, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC
1992 Donald Sultan: A Print Retrospective, The American Federation of the Art, New York, NY (solo)
1990 Donald Sultan: Paintings, Knoedler & Company New York, NY (solo)
1988 Viewpoints: Paintings and Sculpture from the Guggenheim Museum Collection and Major Loans, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY