Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Carnival Blue Seaform with Cadmium Red Lip Wrap
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Size: 8.5" x 6.5" x 10"
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity from Modern Artifact and a certified third party appraisal from Foss Appraisal Service
Dale Chihuly is a renowned American glass sculptor known for his innovative and vibrant glass artworks. One of his notable series is the "Seaforms" series. The Seaforms are a collection of organic and sea-inspired glass sculptures that showcase Chihuly's mastery of the medium and his fascination with the beauty of the natural world.
The Seaforms series often features fluid, abstract shapes reminiscent of marine life, such as shells, anemones, and other underwater forms. Chihuly is known for pushing the boundaries of glassblowing and experimenting with color, shape, and texture in his pieces. The Seaforms exhibit a sense of movement and vitality, capturing the essence of the ocean and its diverse inhabitants.
In this 2000 Carnival Blue Seaform with Cadmium Red Lip Wrap, Chihuly combines several contrasting, bright colors to create a captivating composition. The vibrant carnival blue body is punctuated with highlights of cerulean and marigold and finished with a cadmium red lip wrap. The open face design balanced with a ball foot allows for a display that shows the unique color application techniques for which Chihuly is famous throught the interior of the body.
Dale Chihuly's 2000 Carnival Blue Seaform with Cadmium Red Lip is not signed, but it does include a certifiacet of authenticity from Modern Artifact as well as a certified third party appraisal listing the replacement value at $7000 from Foss Appraisal Service.
About Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly, a globally acclaimed contemporary glass artist, is celebrated for his monumental sculptures and installations that have left an indelible mark on the art world. Widely recognized for his extraordinary contributions, Chihuly is the creative force behind iconic installations like the breathtaking ceiling at the Bellagio's flower garden in Las Vegas and the Rotunda Chandelier at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His glass creations have become highly coveted collectibles among aficionados of decorative arts.
Despite an initial disinterest in formal education, Chihuly dedicated considerable time to academia, earning both scientific and artistic degrees in sculpture from esteemed graduate schools. While displaying early aptitude in interior design and craft, his true passion always resided in the realm of glass. Serving as a Fulbright Fellow in the late 1960s and apprenticing at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice, Chihuly mastered the art of Murano glasswork. Through his groundbreaking experiments in glassblowing, he played a pivotal role in rekindling international interest in the ancient art form.
Chihuly's artistic legacy is evident in over 200 prestigious decorative art collections worldwide, and he holds an impressive twelve honorary doctorates. Notable series within his expansive body of work include the Cylinders and Baskets from the 1970s, Macchia, Venetians, and Persians from the 1980s, Niijima Floats and Chandeliers from the 1990s, and the more recent Fiori series from the 2000s.
For more than three decades, Chihuly has served as the artistic director of his team of craftsmen, a role necessitated by two accidents that left him blind in one eye and unable to handle the glassblowing tube. Despite these challenges, this shift allowed him to envision the possibilities of glass art on a grander scale while maintaining his distinctive and recognizable style.