Selected Works

Donald K. Sultan was born in 1951, in Asheville, North Carolina. He currently lives and works in New York.

Sultan is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, particularly well-known for large-scale still life paintings and the use of industrial materials such as tar, enamel, spackle and vinyl tiles.

Both of his parents were interested in the arts. His father was a tire company owner who painted abstract paintings as a hobby, and his mother, Phyllis actively pursued theatre. With his father’s encouragement Sultan chose to pursue art professionally, and he earned a BFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973 and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975. While still in school, Sultan grew dissatisfied with traditional methods of painting and began experimenting in technique, surface, and media, which eventually led him to use industrial tools and materials.

He has been exhibiting internationally in prominent museums and galleries, and his works are included in important museum collections all over the globe. Sultan is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his artistic achievements.

Education & Awards

1973         BFA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
1975         MFA, School of the Art Institute, Chicago.
1978-79  Creative Artists Public Service Grant, New York.
1980-81  State National Endowment for the Arts.
2000         Awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C.
2002         Awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the New York Academy of Art, NY.
2007         Awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville
2010         Awarded the North Carolina Award, the highest award a state can bestow upon a civilian
2011         Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award, The Houston Fine Art Fair

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017         Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland. “Button Down Modernism” January 18 – April 1, 2017. Catalogue.
2016         Traveling Exhibition: “Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings;”
2016         Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. September 29 – December 23, 2016;
2016         Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX. February 19 – April 23, 2017. Catalogue;
2016         The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. May 26 – September 4, 2017;
2016         North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. September 23 – December 31, 2017;
2016         Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE. January 17 – April 6, 2018
2016         Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY: “Donald Sultan: New Paintings,” November 10 – December 23, 2016.
2016         Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO: “Donald Sultan” March 18 – April 16, 2016.
2015         Galeria Freites, Caracas, Venezuela: “Donald Sultan” October 22 – November. Catalogue.
2015         Galerie Forsblom, Helinski, Finland: “Donald Sultan” January 15 – February 8.
2015         Meyerovich Gallery, San Fransisco, CA: “New Works: Poppies, Mimosas and Buttons,” October 1 – December 31, 2015.
2014         Vertu Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL: “Floral Constructions,” March 8 – April 30, 2014
2014         Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY: “Donald Sultan: Artiface”, April 24 – June 27.
2014         Serge Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA:“Donald Sultan : A Decade of Paintings and Drawings”, May 22 – July 1.
2014         Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland:“Donald Sultan: Recent Work”, January 17 – March 15.
2014         Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX: “Donald Sultan”, February 27 – March 27.
2013         Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France : “Echos”, October 10 – December 12.
2012         The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY: “Donald Sultan”, June 28 – July 30.
2011         Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY: “Soot and Shine: New Works”, February 17 – April 9.
2011         Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX: “Donald Sultan: New Works”, March 24 – May 4.
2011         Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO: “Donald Sultan: New Works”, July 5 – August 5.
2009         Mary Ryan Gallery: “Donald Sultan: Prints”, January 22 – March 7.
2009         Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio: “Donald Sultan: The First Decade”, February 7 – May 11.
2009         Greenfield-Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, California: “Donald Sultan”, March 13 – May.
2009         Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria: “Donald Sultan”, April 28 – May 28.
2009         Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England: “Donald Sultan”, June 24 – September 19.
2008         Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO: “Donald Sultan: Works on Paper”, February 15 – March 10.
2008         Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia: “Donald Sultan: Artificial Images”, March 13 – May 27.
2008         Forsblom Gallery, Helsinki, Finland: “Donald Sultan: Drawings”, June 11 – August 24.
2007         Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium: “Donald Sultan”, April 1 – May 6.
2007         Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX: “Donald Sultan: New Work”, September 27 – November 18.
2006         Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland: “Donald Sultan: New Paintings”, May 24 – June 30.
2006         Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY: “Donald Sultan: Colors, Smoke and War”, February 16 – March 31.
2005         Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO: “New Paintings”, March 18 – April 21.
2005         Cliff Lede Vineyards, Yountville, CA: “Donald Sultan: 1991 – 2005”, June 12 – August 28.
2005         Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires, Mallorca, Spain: “Donald Sultan: Paintings and Works on Paper”, December 1 – February 15. Catalogue.
2004         Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX: “Donald Sultan”, February 5 – March 31.
2004         Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore: “Donald Sultan: Prints & Drawings”, March 4 – April 25.
2004         Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY: “Donald Sultan: New Poppy Paintings”, October 14 – November 13.
2003         Knoedler & Company, New York, NY: “Donald Sultan: Poppy Paintings” January 23 – March 8.
2003         Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY: “Donald Sultan: Poppies, Oranges & Mimosas: New Prints and Drawings”, October 23 – December 6.
2003         Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland: “Donald Sultan”, October 9 – November 2.
2002         Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA: “Donald Sultan”, February 23 – March 24.
2002         Louise Cameron Wells Art Museum, Wilmington, NC: “Donald Sultan: Painting Life’s Paradoxes”, April 21 – July 14.
2002         Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA: “Donald Sultan: Paintings and Works on Paper”, October 22 – November 27.
2001         Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado: “Donald Sultan, 10 Paintings”, December 27 – February 12.
2001         Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida: “Donald Sultan, Smoke Rings”, February 16- March 7.
2001         Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas: “Donald Sultan Recent Works”, April 2 – May 28.
2001         Raab Galerie, Berlin Germany: “Visuelle Paradoxe”, May 21 – June 30.
2001         University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan: “Smoke Rings”, August 25 – December 3.
2001         Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan: “Donald Sultan Recent Works”, October 20 – December 1.
2001         Galerie Lutz and Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland: “Donald Sultan: Recent Works”, November 2 – December 8.
2001         Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia: “Donald Sultan; Paintings and Drawings”, November 30 – December 28.
2000         Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan: “Donald Sultan – Selected Drawings 1976 – 1998” November 12 – January 31.
2000         Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee: “Temporary Contemporary – Selected Works by Donald Sultan” December 4 – January 30.
2000         Traveling exhibition: “Donald Sultan: In the Still-Life Tradition”;
2000         Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee. January 23 – April 9;
2000         Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. May 6 – July 17;
2000         Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Sept. 16 – Dec. 3;
2000         Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida. March 31 – June 3;
2000         Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona. June 29 – Sept 9.
2000         Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, Washington: “New Works”, February 17 – April 1.
2000         Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, Louisiana: “Donald Sultan: Paintings & Drawings” February 19 – March 28.
2000         Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas: “Donald Sultan” May 4 – May 25.
2000         Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, New York: “Donald Sultan: Recent Prints and Drawings” May 24 – July 14.

Selected Group Shows

2015         James Barron Art, Kent Gallery, Kent, Connecticut: “August Flowers”, August 8 – september 7
2015         Sundaram Tagore Gallery Palazzo Grimani Museum, Venice, Italy: ”Frontiers Reimagined”, May 5 – June 9.
2015         Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Pietrasanta, Italy: “Antropia”, 2015.
2015         Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, New York: “Screenprints, Silkscreens, and Serigraphs”, Summer 2015.
2013         The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York: “New Work”, March 15 – April 28
2013         Janet Borden, INC., New York, New York: “Summer Salad” July 7 – September 10th
2012         Galerie Andres-Thalmann, Engadine, Switzerland: “Cross- Border”, February 12 – February 25.
2012         Heather Gaudio Fine Art, Greenwich, Connecticut: “Color Works”, March 27 – May 31
2012         The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York: “New Season, New Address”, May 30- June 25
2011         The Mahler Fine Art, Raleigh, North Carolina: “Celebrated Artists: Students of Marvin Saltzman”, March 4 – April 2.
2011         Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea: “American Chambers”, September 8- November 27.
2010         Galerie Andres-Thalmann, Engadine, Switzerland: “Winter Show”, February 16 – March 12.
2010         The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia: Opening of renovations to the museum, April 25 – permanent installation.
2010         Gasser-Grunert Gallery, New York, New York: “Exquisite Corpse”, October 12-November 6.
2010         Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico: “Artist Perspectives”, exhibition and book signing. October 15 – November 13.
2010         The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: “Monsters and Miracles: A Journey Through Jewish Picture Books”, November 6 – January 20, 2011
2009         Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware: “Fifty Works for the First State: Works from the Dorothy and Howard Vogel Collection”, August 15 – October 4.
2008         Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York: “Here’s The Thing: the Single Object Still Life”, March 30 – June 29.
2008         Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware: “Gifted: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection”, July 12 – November 9.
2007         Ingrao Gallery, New York, New York: “Landscape: Form and Thought”, May 3 – June 30.
2007         Bortolami Gallery, New York, New York: “Substance and Surface”.
2006         The Arsenal Gallery, New York, New York: “Garden Paradise”, April 20-May 24.
2006         Ingrao Gallery, New York, New York: “Neil Jenney + Donald Sultan: The Art Bar”, October 19 – December 2.
2006         Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York: “The Food Show: The Hungry Eye”, November 16 – February 24, 2007.
2003         Knoedler & Company, New York, New York: “Drawing Relationships”, December 14 – January 24, 2004.
2002         Embassy of the United States of America, Vienna: “Contemporary American Art: Art in Embassies Program,” 2002-2003.
2002         Wall Street Rising at 45 Wall Street, New York, New York: “Art Downtown,” May – September. 2002.
2002         Art Upstairs @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Easthampton, New York: “The Sea The Sea,” June – July.
2002         Clark Fine Art, Southampton, New York: “Masks: John Chamberlain, Drawings: Donald Sultan,” June 21 – July 16.
2002         Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Illinois: “Plotting: An Exhibition of Artist Studies,” September. 13 – October 12.
2001         SFMOMA, San Francisco, California: “Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection”, October 7 2000 – January 15.
2001         AXA Gallery, New York, New York: “Cote d’Azur: Art, Modernity and the Myth of the French Riviera”, April 15 – July 15.
2001         Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York: “Digital Printmaking Now,” June 21 – September 2.
2001         Knoedler & Company, New York, New York: “Models of Observation,” July 25 – September 29.
2000         Denise Cade Gallery, New York, New York: “Especes d’Arbres: Visions of Nature in Contemporary Art,” February. 8 – March 18.
2000         Winston Wachter Mayer Fine Art, New York, New York: “Art of the 80’s,” April 5 – May 20.
2000         David Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C.: “Summer 2000 Prints,” July 1 – August 12.
2000         Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, Louisiana: “Prints & Drawings from Lincoln Center,” July 8 – Aug 1.
2000         Knoedler & Co., New York, New York: “September Selections,” August 17 – September. 30.
2000         Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Illinois: “Bluer,” September 8 – October 28.

Selected Public Commissions

1999         “Absolut Sultan” ad for Absolut Vodka
2000         “Art’otel Budapest by Donald Sultan” In conjunction with Park Plaza Worldwide.

Selected Public Collections

The Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Bank America Corporation
Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
Butler Institute of American Art , Youngstown, Ohio
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, Missouri
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina
Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of the Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Tobataku Kitakyushu, Japan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Mint Museums, Charlotte, North Carolina
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
Modern Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, California
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Nelson – Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
Singapore Museum of Art, Singapore
Smith College, Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Tate Gallery, London
The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York