Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Selection-Altoon Sultan

Altoon Sultan "Reds" 7"x5" egg tempera on calfskin parchment

Altoon Sultan creates amazing bold crisp egg tempera paintings and objects -hooked rugs or "ruglets" that tie into each other. There are so many pieces that I love that is hard  to keep this concise. Altoon takes pictures in rural VT of farm machinery for reference for some of her works. I love the intensity of these machinery paintings in contrast to the softness of the woolen rugs.
I think they bounce off each in a playful way. Atloon explains the many connections/references to art history that certain pieces pertain to. She writes a very warm and thoughtful blog that explains the process of her works.

Altoon explains on her blog:
To make these small textile pieces, I first do pencil and color studies. Then I hand dye woolen cloth, which is later cut into strips and hooked through a linen backing, making loops of wool which create the design.

I love the two mediums she works in for many reasons. They are not common mediums everyone takes on. There is some labor of love that must take place to create these. Both mediums have a powerful effect that is refreshing.

Altoon's work is included in many public collections including: Tate Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Yale University Art Gallery , Portland Museum of Art, and many more.

Please spend some time exploring Altoon's blog  Studio and Garden and website  www.altoonsultan to see much more.
Altoon Sultan "Pink/Yellow Ground" 11 x10

Altoon Sultan Wall Grouping

Altoon Sultan "Red Diamond" 11 x10

Altoon Sultan "Signs" 6.5" x 5" egg tempera on calfskin parchment

Altoon Sultan #33 hand dyed wool with egg tempera on linen

Altoon Sultan "Red Teeth" 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 egg tempera on calfskin parchment

Altton Sultan "#8 Primary Color Composition" 14" x 12.5" hand dyed wool with egg tempera on linen

Altoon Sultan "Green Tilt" 10" x 24" egg tempera on panel

Altoon Sultan  Objects and paintings




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