Donald Sultan

Donald Sultan, born in 1951, is an American artist known for his experimental use of materials and recurring motifs. His refined use of colour and simple use of forms make his work all the more distinctive, aided further by his use of unconventional materials such as tar, oil and latex. Read more

Sultan’s works highlight the temporary nature of both the natural world and the materials within it. The artist claims his works “speak to the impermanence of all things. The largest cities, the biggest structures, the most powerful empires - everything dies.” We love how Sultan is influenced by art history, taking inspiration from the minimalist movement and the work of Carl Andre and Josef Beuys.

Sultan studied in the University of North California in the Fine Arts Department, and went on to further his education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sultan’s popularity soared to new heights in the 1980s, and he exhibited his work across the world. His works are now held in the permanent collections of over 50 galleries such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of Art in Tokyo, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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