Donald Sultan

American| Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism

b. 1951

Donald Sultan is an American large-scale still-life painter, known for using industrial materials such as tar, enamel, spackle and vinyl tiles in his works, in which he merges the best of the artistic tradition with a fresh, modern approach.

Sultan’s art combines basic geometric and organic forms with purity that is both subtle and monumental. His images are weighty, and he describes his work as “heavy structure, holding fragile meaning” with the ability to “turn you off and turn you on at the same time.”

Throughout his career, Sultan reinvented the still-life with images of lemons, poppies, playing cards, fruits and flowers, and other objects, exploring such dichotomies as beauty and roughness, nature and artificiality, and realism and abstraction.

His work is included in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Tate Modern, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Sultan currently lives and works in New York.