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Donald Sultan (1951 - ) was born in Asheville, North Carolina. His father was an aspiring painter who opened a tire business. According to noted art critic Barbara Rose, "Donald Sultan is one of the most respected as well as one of the more controversial contemporary American painters." Sultan takes familiar objects such as flowers, fruits, playing cards and factory sites, and he reduces them to simple but expressive patterns. He became well-known for his mid-1980s charcoal renderings of black lemons and black tulips. Sultan attended New England Prep School and later enrolled in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study theater, art and philosophy. In 1975, he earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1977, he had his first solo exhibition at P.S. 1 in New York City. In 1978, he was awarded the Creative Artists Public Service Grant, and he earned an award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980. Sultan's work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Kitakyushu Museum in Japan and the Museum of Modern Art. In November 1995, Sultan's paintings of flowers and human anatomy were exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum.