The work of Donald Sultan is voluminous and varied. Since 1975, when he arrived in New York, Sultan’s creative energy has manifested itself in the media of paint, printing, and sculpting. His extensive body of work has placed him at the forefront of contemporary art, where he has become best known for his ability to successfully merge the best of yesterday’s artistic tradition with a fresh, modern approach that is unique. Donald Sultan: In the Still Life Tradition focuses on Sultan’s untraditional approach to a traditional theme: Still Lifes. Featured are twenty of the artist’s large-scale paintings (8′ x 8′), including his well-known vases and flowers, lemons, dominos, and buttons as well as his latest works of red tomatoes.
Born in 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, Donald Sultan received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He moved to New York in 1975. Sultan has been given numerous exhibitions dedicated to his work, as well as having been included in a number of group shows. His work is included in the permanent collection of many prestigious institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Donald Sultan: In the Still Life Tradition was organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, and curated by Dana Holland-Beickert. This exhibition is circulated by Pamela Auchincloss, Arts Management. Funding for the national tour and catalogue is provided by FedEx.