With success always comes criticism. I've been criticized every year of my life.

Donald Sultan

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.

Auction Results Donald Sultan

DONALD SULTAN, Four Reds Sept 30 2002 | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Four Reds Sept 30 2002

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,250
DONALD SULTAN, Playing Cards | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Playing Cards

estimate: $150–250
result: $282
DONALD SULTAN, Playing Cards | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Playing Cards

estimate: $150–250
result: $293
DONALD SULTAN, Wallflowers | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wallflowers

estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $1,875
DONALD SULTAN, Wallflowers | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wallflowers

estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $1,875
DONALD SULTAN, Pomegranates III | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Pomegranates III

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,750
DONALD SULTAN, Smoke Ring (June 6, 2001) | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Smoke Ring (June 6, 2001)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,375
DONALD SULTAN, Diamonds and Clubs from the Playing Cards portfolio (two works) | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Diamonds and Clubs from the Playing Cards portfolio (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,500
DONALD SULTAN, Untitled (Dark Purple with Green) from Wall Flowers 2 | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Untitled (Dark Purple with Green) from Wall Flowers 2

estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $2,500
DONALD SULTAN, Wall Flower 6 | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wall Flower 6

estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $1,750
DONALD SULTAN, Pomegranates II | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Pomegranates II

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,750
DONALD SULTAN, Black Trumpet | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Black Trumpet

estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $1,375
DONALD SULTAN, Lilies | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Lilies

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,750
DONALD SULTAN, Wallflowers | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wallflowers

estimate: $1,500–1,800
result: $1,750
DONALD SULTAN, Wallflowers | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wallflowers

estimate: $1,500–1,800
result: $2,375
DONALD SULTAN, Untitled from the Visual Poetics portfolio | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Untitled from the Visual Poetics portfolio

estimate: $700–1,000
result: $1,250
DONALD SULTAN, Untitled from the Visual Poetics portfolio | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Untitled from the Visual Poetics portfolio

estimate: $700–1,000
result: $875
DONALD SULTAN, Untitled from the Visual Poetics portfolio | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Untitled from the Visual Poetics portfolio

estimate: $700–1,000
result: $813
DONALD SULTAN, Wallflowers | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wallflowers

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $1,625
DONALD SULTAN, Wallflowers | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Wallflowers

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,000
DONALD SULTAN, Pomegranates II | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Pomegranates II

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,210
DONALD SULTAN, Morning Glories II | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Morning Glories II

estimate: $1,200–1,500
result: $1,500
DONALD SULTAN, Morning Glories | ragoarts.com

Donald Sultan

Morning Glories

estimate: $1,200–1,500
result: $2,304