Weng Contemporary


Red Poppies-Donald Sultan-1

"Red Poppies" is a sculpture of painted aluminum on polished aluminum base, belonging to Sultan’s famous Flower series. The artist is credited for the revival of the still life tradition where the image is deconstructed to the basic elements, thus Sultan’s work remains both abstract and representational. "Big Poppies" well represents the Sultan's emblematic artistic signature. The image reveals one of the key features of Sultan’s work - the material juxtaposition- the contrast of a weighty background with ethereal shapes of the flowers. Sultan emphasizes the distinct qualities of the various elements: the surface and the support, which is then projected forward so that the viewer is conscious of its artificiality

“ Most of my ideas were to put imagery back into abstract painting. Some of the ones that look the most abstract are actually the most realistic. „

Donald Sultan