Donald Sultan’s is known for his prominent, abstract and monochromatic flower paintings. They utilize the visual play between positive and negative space. Bold coloration creates a strong contrast. Their scale is ambiguous. Sultan’s flowers float and cluster together, pushing the edges of the paper. They demand your attention by virtue of their sexy boldness and surreal quality.
Sultan was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1951 and is currently based in New York City. He received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, and several catalogues. His work is included in several public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MoMA, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.