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Donald Sultan Biography

Donald Sultan was born in 1951 and he is one of them most influential and celebrated painters of his generation. He is also a printmaker and sculptor, notable for his oversized still lives and landscapes as well as the use of abstracted black forms against areas of bright colour. His paintings are abstract and representational alike. While he uses common forms such as flowers and daily objects in his paintings, their form is fragile and de-structured.

Donald Sultan is also known for incorporating industrial materials in his paintings (i.e. vinyl and linoleum). These labour-intensive works are painted on layers of rubber and linoleum, which are then stripped away to reveal their multiple surfaces (and is some cases they are re-painted). The end result are minimalistic geometric paintings with a unique and textured surface that balances between positive and negative space. Since 1977, Sultan’s exhibitions have travelled the world and his work has been featured in important galleries worldwide including the Waddington Gallery in London and Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris. Meanwhile, his paintings are part of the permanent collection of many museums and art galleries including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern UK and the Centre Georges Pompidou.

Donald Sultan produced many prints, his first prints being created in the 1980s. Most of Donald Sultan’s prints are silkscreen prints though he also produce many aquatint prints and screen prints. All of Donald Sultan prints are original prints as Sultan saw printmaking as a distinct medium to create artworks.

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