Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Yellow Basket with Oxblood Lip Wrap
Medium: Hand-Blown Glass
Dimensions: 4" x 5 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Inscription: Signed and dated "Chihuly 94"
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity
Although Dale Chihuly is famous for combining unexpected colors and showcasing a rainbow of hues in a single piece, yellow is a color he often chooses to showcase alone in a focused, fully saturated display. In his Yellow Basket, an even application of yellow throughout the glass sculpture is again the star of the show, only punctuated with an unexpected oxblood lip wrap that lets the bright, optimistic yellow color shine.
Dale Chihuly began his Baskets series in 1977 and has continuously returned to the series. The shapes may appear deceptively simple, but for Chihuly they were an exploration of the organic movement of hot glass and the force of gravity. Named after Native American baskets, the earliest pieces in the series had a color pallet of muted, earth-tones consistent with this inspiration. Today, Chihuly has fused the shape and technique of his baskets with a modern, bold color pallet as evidenced in this saturated, bright yellow basket.
Dale Chihuly's Yellow Basket with Oxblood Lip Wrap is signed and dated "Chihuly 94" by the artist and includes a gallery certificate of authenticity.
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.