Dale Chihuly Crimson Seaform with Black Lip Wrap Signed Hand Blown Glass Sculpture


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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Crimson Seaform with Black Lip Wrap II
Medium: Hand-Blown Glass
Dimensions: 2" x 4" x 4"
Year: 1991
Inscription: Signed on underside
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity

Dale Chihuly's "Seaforms", aptly named for their aquatic inspiration, exude an ethereal and organic quality. Typically, they are rendered in subdued color palettes that align with the more natural aspects of their forms. However, in this particular creation, Chihuly takes an audacious step by introducing an unexpected burst of crimson. Chihuly's artistry often explores the interplay between transparency and opacity within the ribbing of his Seaforms, and this specific piece leverages a completely clear background to accentuate the rich, fully saturated crimson body wrap. The ribbing not only emphasizes the unique contours of the Seaform but also harmonizes with its voluptuous curves, instilling a dynamic sense of motion in the sculpture. Chihuly's masterful touch concludes the work with a contemporary twist, adding a striking black lip wrap.

Dale Chihuly's hand blown glass masterpiece, the 4" Crimson Seaform with Black Lip Wrap, bears his signature on the underside, and it comes accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact.

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.

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