James Kalm became aware of the work of Sultan shortly after his arrival in New York in the late 1970s. As one of the younger members of what was then referred to as 'New Image Painting", Sultan distinguished his work through the use of industrial materials like spackle, linoleum, roofing tar, and enamel. Employing single shapes as motifs, and using a process that shaves or polishes the surfaces, these pictures balance their readability between figurative and abstraction while displaying a flatness that is akin to architectural elements like walls or ceilings. With the new works, a decorative sense is becoming visible with the use of floral designs, and a herringbone background.

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