Reggie's father was a descendant of the much respected Afghan camel drivers who were the main builders and road crew of the original railway line from Marree to Oonadatta SA to Alice Springs in the 1900s. His father came from Marree in South Australia. Reggie has seven brothers and six sisters all of whom live in the Northern Territory.
Reggie Sultan paints a variety of themes, styles and contemporary and traditional fusions paintings including landscapes, decorative didgeridoos and murals.
He learnt his art off other family and relatives living along the Todd River and Chinaman's Creek that skirt Alice Springs where Reggie was in and out of schools and state care.
Reggie first started by adopting an Albert Namatjira style of water colour landscape painting method that was the big thing in his youth.
Since 1985 Reggie has become a professional artists after his adult youth spent working on cattle stations and mucking around with painting as he went.
Reggie then started experimenting and using the desert Dot-dot late 60s and 70s movement style of his mother's country of Barrow Creek and Neutral Junction as they were called at the time. Reggie is a renowned artist of the Bush Tucker Gathering stories in paintings.
He uses Aboriginal symbols to express some of the inherited family stories he has learnt and uses many other symbols showing his own experiences of the bush country, including his famous Bush Tucker Gathering stories in paintings. Reggie recently held a successful solo exhibition in Darwin. He has also published two books - An Uncontrollable Child and The Seven Sisters.
Reggie was living in Alice Springs and felt that all the artists were doing the same thing producing dotdot paintings and he wanted to try something different so he worked on developing his leaf stencil and speckled splotchy background paintings, which is now his signature style.
Reggie held a successful solo exhibition in Darwin. He has also published two books - An Uncontrollable Child on his early years and youth in state boys care and The Seven Sisters about the Milky Way and other desert sky stories.
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Unless otherwise stated all paintings are acrylic on canvas.