Sunday, January 18, 2009

Donald Sultan


I have only recently discovered his work. It was by accident, while killing time recently in a bookstore, a big coffee table book's bright cover caught my eye. When I opened it, immediately my lips parted, and with each turn of the page, I am sure you could have fed me, oh I don't know, say donut holes (if you're so inclined) through the gaping hole I left open. My jaw agape, my eyes feasted. The charcoal and tar....tar? He uses tar? And spackle! Rich, rich blacks, full of deep sooty lushness. Creamy whites. The lemons. The black eggs. Vinyl floor tiles, rather than traditional canvas. Simple shapes, organically rendered. I sink in this beauty and disappear into an inspiration-vortex. The book goes on my wishlist.

8 comments:

sandy said...

They are very vibrant! Never heard of him, so thank you for the intro....

staying warm? is this a crazier than normal winter, or what??

sMacThoughts said...

Oooh, this cold is stunning. I love it. Still waiting for the big blizzard, though. I want to see one which will shut down the city. I have yet to see my job close even once for snow. I want it to happen. :D

FancyPants-design said...

These are great!! He uses tar..? That is so cool!

sMacThoughts said...

I know, Fancy, and the depth of the blacks make me swoon. He does these street scenes with buildings, nighttime...they are jaw-dropping.

Chris said...

Wow. I thought these were photographs at first, they're so striking and vibrant.

sMacThoughts said...

Well, actually yes, the smoke ring is part of his series which are in fact photographs...so spectacular, themselves! But the rest are paintings or charcoals.

Elle D said...

hey! I came across you blog while google-ing sultan's painting accident, your mention of finding him by accident brought me to you and I'm so glad it did!
fyi- I discovered his works in person a zillion years ago in MI and the smoke rings are actually paintings, too! so freakin cool.
I'd love it if you'd pop by sometime, can't wait to check out your etsy shop!
♥~L

sMacThoughts said...

Thank you so much, and welcome, Elle. Ok, I had read in doing my research to learn more of him that the smoke rings were photographs...he also painted them?? I will check out your blog, too. Thanks for visiting!