Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Sky Blue and Magenta Macchia with Lime Green Lip Wrap
Medium: Hand Blown Glass Sculpture
Size: 16 1/2" high x 26" wide x 20" deep
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity
American artist Dale Chihuly has gained recognition for his departure from traditional symmetrical vessels to embrace asymmetry and irregular shapes in his works. In 1981, Chihuly embarked on his Macchias series as a means to explore the vast potential of the three-hundred colors of glass rods available to him. Unleashing his creativity, he combined the colors in unexpected and endless combinations, resulting in a series that embraces infinite possibilities. Each Macchia sculpture consists of a solid color on the interior, a layer of either translucent or opaque white colored glass chips, and another layer of a different hue. This layering technique allows for the creation of complex patterns and textures within each piece.
Dale Chihuly's 1993 Sky Blue and Magenta Macchia with Lime Green Lip Wrap measures 16 1/2" x 26" x 20". It features the vibrant colors and contrasting lip wrap that Chihuly's modern era work is known for. The Macchia is signed and dated on the bottom 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.