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The Greens and Blues and Blacks and Oranges of Donald Sultan, A Most Original and Recognizable Painter

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Donald Sultan was born in 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, got his Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNC in 1973, and then his MFA at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1975. Since 1986, he has lectured on art throughout the United States.

Something about these works really works for me.*

Steers, 1983 (tar, tile and spackle)

Grapes and Bugs on Newspaper,1993 (tar, oil and spackle over masonite)

Sailboat, 1984 (tar, latex and spackle on tile)

Morning Glories, 1992 (oil, spackle, tar and tile over masonite)

Black and Blues, 2009 (enamel, tar and spackle on tile over masonite)

Mixed Set of Dominos, 1995 (latex, spackle and tar on tile over masonite)

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Oranges in a Pot, 1993 (oil, spackle and tar on tile on masonite)

Red and Black Poppies, 2004 (tar, enamel, flock and spackle over masonite)


*All the images are courtesy of artnet's Artist Works Catalogues. See here, where it says:

"This body of Modern and Contemporary artists' sites brings insight into the depth and scope of extraordinary artists' oeuvres, and it serves as a research tool for students, faculty, museum curators, researchers, dealers and collectors.

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Artist Works Catalogues reflect the dynamic nature of the Web, and our goal is to present a growing body of artists' online monographs. Unlike published print monographs and catalogues raisonne's, these are living catalogues, which will be constantly updated as artists create new works and estates release additional information. artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues."


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