Artist: Dale Chihuly
Medium: Original Watercolor and Acrylic Painting
Paper size: 60" x 40 1/2"
Frame size: 72" x 53"
Inscription: Signed and dated on the front, "Chihuly 93"
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity
In the modern era, Dale Chihuly has pushed the scale of his glasswork to the absolute limit, creating massive Macchia and large-scale installations. In keeping with his exploration of scale, Chihuly's drawings have also exploded in size. This Untitled example is painted on a 5-foot-long sheet of paper that takes up 6 feet in its frame. Featuring a contrasting color pallet like we've come to expect from his Macchia series, this work features gold, orange, and blue with an emphasis on the spotted Macchia details and the contrasting color lip wrap. Although Dale Chihuly's drawings were originally created as a roadmap for his glass art, he eventually evolved the practice to its own stand-alone medium. In this 1993 work, we see evidence of the painting as an instructional manual as well as the adornments we'd expect from a finished painting, including a thoughtful composition and metallic finishes.
This untitled original Dale Chihuly watercolor and acrylic painting is signed and dated 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.