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Aqua Poppies Dec 10, 2002


Donald Sultan (American, 1951 - present)

Donald Sultan utilizes construction materials and techniques to create elegant still-lifes. His substantial poppies are painted a hue seldom found in nature. From a strict wooden grid he carves the outline of the shape of the flowers, filling the depressions with plaster, applies paint to define the petals and black flocking to signify the centers. There is a nostalgic quality inherent in this vivid painting. The aqua color is reminiscent of mid-century automobiles, and the poppies may signify the flowers decorating veterans' graves. Sultan is interested in the juxtaposition of the natural with the industrial. He masterfully transforms humble materials to create a bold, yet ephemeral image.

enamel, flocking, tar (material), spackle, tile, Masonite (TM)

Measurements:    height: 96 inches    width: 144 inches

Museum Purchase: Charlotte Garden Club Fund and Exchange Funds from the Gift of Harry and Mary Dalton 2003.90A-F

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN