Category Archives: Paintings

Donald Sultan

Admiring the abstract interpretation of flowers by painter, sculptor and printmaker, Donald Sultan.  He is known for his large-scale still-life paintings utilizing bold, contrasting colors and play on positive and negative space. The artist was born in Asheville, North Carolina and currently lives and works in New York. He has exhibited widely and his works can be seen in major museums worldwide.

The artist can be followed here on his website.

Images:  Courtesy of Donald Sultan.

Ian Davenport

Ian Davenport is an English abstract painter using bright colors as a pivotal part of his work.  He studied art at Northwich College of Art and Design and at Goldsmith College. Using high gloss paint the artist pours paint onto a tilted surface and lets gravity spread the paint over the surface. He has experimented with different application methods to create his art.  On an article in the Guardian he says this about his paintings:  

“Lots of different things inform my choice of colours. Sometimes it’s purely intuitive, putting colours together and seeing how they look. At other times I might lift a palette from an old painting, or, as I recently did, from the opening sequence of The Simpsons.”

“I feel like I have discovered a language that I can now play around with. I never set out to create this style of work though. And that’s the great thing about art – you’re never too sure where you’re going to end up. It really is a personal journey.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ian Davenport.

Rana Balca Ülker

Couldn’t find too much information on embroidery artist, Rana Balca Ülker, but we admired her work so much that we had to share. The Istanbul-based talent has a degree in fashion and textile art.  She combines her acrylic paintings with embroidery and conveys a portrait imbued with deep expression and feelings.  Flowers and foliage are repeated images in many of her paintings.  She also created a series that focuses very powerfully on the eyes.  

The artist can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Rana Balca Ülker.