Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Araby Red Ikebana with Single Flower
Medium: Handblown Glass
Size: 58.5"H x 15"W; Vase measure 24"H x 15"W
Condition: Very good condition overall, request a full condition report for details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
The American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is best known for using innovative techniques for handblown glass. His glass practice is a departure from traditional symmetry and perfectly formed vessels. Instead, his sculptures embrace asymmetry and irregular shapes. An evolution of the Venetian series, the Ikebana series finds inspiration from the Japanese art of flower arrangement of the same name.
The term Ikebana literal translation is to arrange flowers or to make flowers alive. Traditionally, this Japanese art form highlights the inner qualities of the plants by arranging flowers, blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems to express emotions. Chihuly embraced the concept to describe his series featuring long-stemmed flowers and leaves made from glass presented in vase-like vessels in various forms. Chihuly often places Ikebana in garden settings, creating a new harmony of art and nature.
Chihuly's Araby Red Ikebana with Single Flower consists of a single tall hand-blown red flower reminiscent of the Coleus Frog's Foot. The vibrant red of the flower is a stark contrast to the subdued golden tones of the vase vessel. The simple yet dramatic presentation of the piece highlights the harmony between art and nature while infusing the work with fantastical elements.
Red Ikebana with Single Flower comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity. It is in very good condition overall. Please request a full condition report for details.
About Dale Chihuly:
One of the most famous contemporary glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly is best known for his monumental sculptures and installations. He is the name behind the spectacular ceiling at the Bellagio’s flower garden in Las Vegas and the creator of the Rotunda Chandelier at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Glass works of Dale Chihuly are considered some of the most desired collectibles between the decorative arts devotees today. Despite his initial indifference towards education, Chihuly has spent a lot of time in school, obtaining both scientific and artistic degree in sculpture from prestigious graduate schools. He displayed a proclivity for interior design and craft early on, but his true passion was always in the glass. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the late 1960s and an apprentice at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice. Mastering the art of Murano glasswork, he continued the experiments with glassblowing and thus became one of the people who brought the ancient art of glassblowing back into the spotlight on an international scale.
Monumental and small-scale artwork of Dale Chihuly is present in over 200 most renowned decorative art collections today, while the artist holds twelve honorary doctorates!
The most illustrious series in his work are Cylinders and Baskets he created in the 1970s; Macchia, Venetians, and Persians from the 1980s, Niijima Floats and Chandeliers created in the 1990s; and a more recent one, Fiori from the 2000s.
For over 30 years, Dale Chihuly has been acting as an artistic director of his team of craftsmen, since he was incapacitated in two accidents, which left him blind in one eye and incapable of holding the blowing tube. This change allowed him to see the possibilities of glass work on a broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.