Donald Sultan

Big Poppies

Donald Sultan

Big Poppies

Price: $25,000.00

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Silkscreen (Portfolio of 3)
Edition Size:
153.0 x 153.0 cm (60.2 x 60.2 in)
Signed, dated, numbered and titled

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About the Artwork

Big Poppies is s a portfolio of three prints, Big Red, Sept 14, 2014, Big Blue, Sept 14, 2014 and Big Yellow, Sept 14, 2014 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.

"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

Big Poppies are color silkscreens with enamel inks and tar-like texture on 4-ply museum board, they represent Sultan's emblematic poppies rendered against black background. The images reveal one of the key features of Sultan’s work - the material juxtaposition- the contrast of a weighty background with ethereal shapes of the flowers. The printing technique translates the Sultan’s original paintings’ texture: linoleum, tar, flocking, plaster, tile, wood.

About the Artist


Donald Sultan (born 1951, Asheville, US) is a distinguished painter, sculptor, and printmaker, who rose to prominence in the late 1970s as part of the “New Image” movement. He is best known for the use of abstracted, geometric black forms against organic areas of bright color.

About the printing Technique


Silkscreen is the process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, the technique is also known as the screen print.