Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Blue Grey Indian Blanket Cylinder
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Size: 5" x 3" x 3"
Inscription: Signed and dated
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity
Showcasing the type of intricate pattens and details common in the early era of Dale Chihuly's career, this 5" tall 1979 cylinder packs an impressive amount of precision into a small space. This work features several techniques Chihuly was exploring during this time, including the use of threads and pick up drawings to create the Indian Blanket motifs. Chihuly's glass art typically featured a pallet of muted earth tones during this period, as demonstrated in this cylinder's coloring of soft blues, greens, greys, and browns.
Beginning in 1975, Chihuly's cylinder series became one of the artist's foundational forms. Although Chihuly's glass work grew more ornate as his career progressed, his earliest and simplest forms including his cylinders and baskets remain the most modern stylistically. The flat surface of the cylinders allowed Chihuly to push the boundaries of glass detailing, creating his pick up drawing technique to apply the Indian Blanket motif in along with the use of threads to create lines of detailing in the glass.
Dale Chihuly's is engraved "Chihuly 1979" and includes a certificate of authenticity form 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.