Donald Sultan American, born 1951

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Donald Sultan - Green and Yellow Squash
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The Estate of Melvin S. Rosenthal
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Donald Sultan - Six Greens
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 6.120 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wall Flowers, Oct 31, 1994
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 5.100 USD
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Donald Sultan - White Tulips and Vase, April 4, 2014
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Donald Sultan - Two Buttons, Oct 16 1996 (T. 96-356)
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 300 - 500 USD
Realised: 1.008 USD
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Donald Sultan - 12 Colors: one plate
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: 2.394 USD
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Donald Sultan - Pomegranates II, from Pomegranates
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 2.016 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 32, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 3.570 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 28, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 3.570 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 22, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 3.188 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 18, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 2.805 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 13, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 1.530 USD
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The artist Donald Sultan

  • Contemporary US artist of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.
  • One of the first visual artists to incorporate industrial fabrics in his work.
  • Known for large-scale still lifes with stylised, sharply outlined floral motifs.

Donald K. Sultan, born 05.05.1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, is a contemporary American painter, sculptor and graphic artist of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. Sultan is primarily known for his large-format still lifes and for his use of various industrial materials and tools. He is considered one of the first artists to use tar, putty or vinyl instead of classical colours in his paintings. The visual language of his compositions can be divided into two lines.

Some of his paintings feature bright colours with clearly defined yet stylised shapes and sharp outlines that form a distinct silhouette, for which he often uses a floral motif. In parallel, he also produces dark, hard-to-read images full of menace, often inspired by catastrophic events such as warehouse fires, plane crashes or train derailments. Sultan studied art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1973.

He then completed a Master of Fine Arts at the Art Insitute of Chicago and moved to New York shortly afterwards. His rising artistic career began with a job as a craftsman in an art gallery. He made a name for himself in the late 1970s primarily as part of the New Image movement - the first solo show of his work was held at Artists Space in New York in 1977. In 1979, Sultan finally won a $2,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, enabling him to devote himself entirely to art.

From then on, he became increasingly well-known, so that in 1987 alone, some ten years later, his works were exhibited solo at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Brooklyn Museum and the Blum Helman Gallery in New York. Sultan experienced the peak of his career in the late 1980s: Some of his paintings sold for more than $100,000 each during this period. Today, the artist still lives and works in New York. 

Der Künstler Donald Sultan

  • Zeitgenössischer Künstler der Pop-Art und des abstrakten Expressionismus.
  • Einer der ersten bildenden Künstler, der Industriestoffe in seinen Werken verarbeitete.
  • Bekannt für großformatige Stillleben mit stilisierten, scharf umrissenen floralen Motiven.

Donald K. Sultan, geb. 05.05.1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, ist ein zeitgenössischer US-amerikanischer Maler, Bildhauer und Grafiker der Pop-Art und des abstrakten Expressionismus. Bekannt ist Sultan vorrangig für seine großformatigen Stillleben sowie für die Verarbeitung verschiedener industrieller Stoffe und Werkzeuge. Er gilt als einer der ersten Künstler, die Teer, Spachtelmasse oder Vinyl anstelle von klassischen Farben in ihren Gemälden verwerteten. Die Bildsprache seiner Kompositionen lässt sich in zwei Linien aufteilen: Einige seiner Bilder zeigen leuchtende Farben mit klar definierten, aber dennoch stilisierten Formen und scharfen Umrissen, die eine deutliche Silhouette bilden und für die er sich häufig einer floralen Motivik bedient.

Parallel dazu fertigt er auch dunkle, schwer lesbare Bilder voller Bedrohung, die oft von katastrophalen Ereignissen wie Lagerhausbränden, Flugzeugabstürzen oder Zugentgleisungen inspiriert werden. Sultan absolvierte ein Kunststudium an der University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, das er 1973 mit einem Bachelor of Fine Arts 1973 abschloss. Daraufhin absolvierte er einen Master of Fine Arts am Art Insitute of Chicago und zog kurz darauf nach New York.

Seine künstlerische Aufsteigerkarriere begann mit einer Anstellung als Handwerker in einer Kunstgalerie. Einen Namen machte er sich in den späten 1970er-Jahren vor allem als Teil der New-Image-Bewegung – die erste Einzelschau seiner Arbeit wurde 1977 im Artists Space in New York abgehalten. 1979 gewann Sultan schließlich ein 2.500-Dollar-Stipendium vom New York State Council on the Arts – so war es ihm möglich, sich gänzlich der Kunst zu widmen.

Von da an wurde er immer bekannter, sodass seine Werke allein im Jahr 1987, rund zehn Jahre später, im Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, im Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, im Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, im Brooklyn Museum und in der Blum Helman Gallery in New York solo ausgestellt wurden. Den Höhepunkt seiner Karriere erlebte Sultan in den späten 1980er-Jahren: Einige seiner Gemälde wurden in diesem Zeitraum für mehr als 100.000 Dollar pro Stück verkauft. Heute lebt und arbeitet der Künstler noch immer in New York.

Donald Sultan - Five Plates, from Playing Cards 5
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Prints & Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 3.570 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 2, from \'Wallflowers Suite\'
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 1.488 GBP
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 7, from \'Wallflowers Suite\'
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 1.488 GBP
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 6, from \'Wallflowers Suite\'
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 1.488 GBP
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 5, from \'Wallflowers Suite\'
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 1.488 GBP
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Donald Sultan - Gladiolas in a Chinese Pot
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First Open | Post-War & Contemporary Art
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 22.680 USD
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Donald Sultan - Eight Poppies
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 2.394 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 14, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 2.040 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 11, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 1.913 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 24, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 2.423 USD
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Donald Sultan - Wallflower 6, from Wallflowers Suite
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Prints & Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 2.040 USD
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Donald Sultan - Lantern Flowers, Feb 18, 2012
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 12.113 USD
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