Altoon Sultan: Landscape to Abstraction

Altoon Sultan, Black Cylinder, 2012, egg tempera on calfskin parchment (courtesy
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."