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Big Blue, Sept 10, 2014, belongs 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.
“Heavy structure, holding fragile meaning with the ability to turn you off and turn you on at the same time.” — Donald Sultan
Big Blue, Sept 10, 2014 is a color silkscreen with enamel inks and tar-like texture on 4-ply museum board, it represents Sultan’s emblematic poppies rendered against black background. 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. The printing technique translates the Sultan’s original paintings’ texture: linoleum, tar, flocking, plaster, tile, wood.