Layered Modernism

Property from the Collection of Russell Groves

Born in a remote town in Nova Scotia and raised in the New York City area, Russell Groves earned a degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design before embarking on a career in interior design. The curriculum at RISD encompassed fashion design, filmmaking, cultural history and classical literature, providing him with insight into diverse design disciplines. Prior to founding his eponymous firm in the early 1990s, he worked for several well-respected architects including Richard Meier and Peter Marino. His exposure to the landscapes of Nova Scotia and the skyline of New York, combined with his rigorous and varied educational background, led him to his unique design approach: “a reverence for nature and materiality balanced by a highly sophisticated sensibility.” We are delighted to offer property from Groves' sleek, glamorous, urban Chelsea apartment and his chic, earthy, cedar-shingled home in East Hampton. Taken together, these two domiciles and their interiors represent every facet of his personal style.

I’d describe the aesthetic that guides me as “layered modernism”, something both sybaritic and meticulous — a sober luxury.

Russell Groves

Interiors by Russell Groves

Donald Sultan b. 1951

Born in 1951, Donald Sultan is an American contemporary painter from Asheville, North Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and moved to New York City after completing his MFA with the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In the late 1970s, he rose to prominence as part of the New Image movement in New York with his first solo exhibition in 1977.

Sultan describes his body of work as abstract including large-scale compositions of still life imagery deconstructed into basic forms. His subject matter depicts everyday objects such as fruits, flowers, and playing cards set in rich colors against striking black backgrounds. In an innovative technique, he utilizes industrial materials such as tar and oil on tile over Masonite construction in reference to his North Carolina upbringing. Sultan has also created successful work as a draftsman, printmaker, and sculptor.

His work is included in internationally renowned collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Sultan lives and creates in New York.

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