Altoon Sultan, Black Cylinder, 2012, egg tempera on calfskin parchment (courtesy of the artist)
Rob Colvin interviews painter Altoon Sultan about the development of her work from "finely detailed panoramas of farms shown at Marlborough Gallery for two decades, then at Tibor de Nagy... to small-scale abstractions in the form of egg tempera paintings and hooked wool textiles."
Sultan remarks: "I continue to be very tied to the resonance and depth of depicting things of this world in my painting and to the frisson of pleasure that comes from the illusion of the tangible. My textile work has certainly influenced my paintings, as they have become more and more abstract over the past couple of years."
Craig Stockwell visits the Vermont studio of painter and blogger Altoon Sultan.
Stockwell writes that Sultan "has moved into a rich, connected and powerfully self-directed engagement in a wide field of artistic endeavor and questioning. She is living art rather than simply going to the studio... At present there are several different projects going on, all purposeful and all ardently communicated through postings on Facebook: First, there are the paintings. The paintings are small tempera-on- parchment formal studies of the color and forms of machinery. The paintings are vivid in their clear presence and are evidence of a love of close-slow observation. Then there are sets of textile abstractions that have developed using traditional rug-hooking techniques with hand dyed wool; here abstraction sings simply and boldly. The textiles are both accomplished and casual in a blend that recalls Richard Tuttle."
Altoon Sultan blogs a photo essay about surfaces in painting.
Sultan writes: "We often think of 'surface' as a word that demeans; it is the opposite of depth. But an intense focus on things can be a way to explore their form and meaning: it can be a celebration of life. When I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last month, I first spent time in the amazing exhibition of Indian painting... marvelously detailed paintings, full of careful attention to the smallest things of the world. So when I did my usual tour of the permanent collection of Northern European paintings, what caught my notice was the intense focus of those painters on the surfaces and textures of ordinary things..."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.