An impulsive tenacity and a gain in control are one of the few things you get after speaking to Donald Sultan. The way the 62-year-old American artist creates masterpieces that are inspired on how the natural environment could be and feel like, interpreted in the most modern and artistic way. In his studio Sultan brainstorms, and comes up ideas of texture. He aims to make the natural environment and art go together by showing us the feeling of old Fall leaves and soft petals.
"'Echos' refers to the effect of 'Flowers'," he says "and their return meaning of industrial made objects that reverberate in a softer and softer meaning." Sultan makes flowers be interpreted as a sense of poetry or the lyric of a song, the perfect sense of equilibrium in art expression. "They just have heavier architecture, like a rain on a pond, over lapping ripples on which the softer meaning rests," said Sultan.
With his round shaped glasses, lively personality and warm sense of humor, Sultan still carries his highly self disciplined side as soon as he steps inside his studio, "its one of the ways you can move forward, just by thinking of this relationship between you and your work, no one else."
As Sultan puts himself first in his creative thoughts, he also finds there are a bumpy roads in the process of completing the oeuvre he is aiming for. "A struggle with one self, one's sense of purpose, of possibility, of capability," said the artist. But as Sultan speaks about the downs, he brightens up the question with a positive ending by saying, "just as if it was a struggle for putting one's own socks." We agree.
On October the 10th, Sultan opened "Echos" at Galerie Piece Unique in Paris. A small historic gallery near St.Michel, that has exhibited works from Andy Wharol to David Bowes.
"Our gallery aims to touch a new world and give opportunity," said director of the gallery, Marussa Gravagnuolo, "but mostly to transmit our emotion while we do so." Sultan fits perfectly with this. As they also share the same mind set of that goes, 'time is precious'.
Sultan has had an incredible past, as he was part of the 70's European art era in New York City, the 80's revolutionary social movements and the 90's exchange between mainstream and underground cultures. Throughout the years, he has gone more further out of his comfort zone, as he designed the Budapest hotel and Centre Pompidou's beauvoirian Paris rugs and china sets.
"All my work is a journey to fulfill an idea," he says "one may recede from you as you close in on it, which might be challenging and physically frustrating, but it is never less a part of being an artist."