Dale Chihuly Signed Large 4' Original Painting Untitled (Teal Double Macchia)


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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Untitled (Teal Double Macchia)
Size: 41" x 29.25"
Frame Size: 49.5" x 37" x 1.75"
Inscription: Signed "Chihuly" on front
Year: circa 1994
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

Dale Chihuly, the renowned American glass sculptor celebrated for his groundbreaking techniques in handblown glass, is not limited to the realm of three-dimensional art alone. While he is widely recognized for his unorthodox and asymmetric glass vessels, his foray into the world of drawings and paintings is a fundamental dimension of his artistic practice. In these visual explorations, Chihuly captures the ebb and flow of ideas and creative energy with sweeping, gestural strokes, imbuing them with the spontaneity and immediacy inherent in his glasswork, often layering them with an array of vivid colors.

Much like his early glass creations, his initial forays into drawing were marked by subtlety, employing charcoal and graphite as his chosen tools. As his artistic journey unfolded, his drawings grew bolder and more vibrant as he ventured into experimenting with various materials. These dynamic and energetic illustrations often serve as both precursors to his glass masterpieces and stand-alone works of art. Chihuly himself has frequently emphasized the interplay and mutual influence of his glasswork and drawings.

"Untitled (Teal Double Macchia)" beautifully exemplifies Chihuly's gestural painting process. Much like his renowned glasswork series, this artwork gracefully juxtaposes elements of traditional and contemporary artistic practices. The work depicts several trademarks of his glass art, including the iconic Macchia spots, bold color pallet, and contrasting lip wrap. Accompanied by a gallery certificate of authenticity, "Untitled (Teal Double Macchia)" bears Chihuly's distinctive signature and comes with a gallery 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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