Dale Chihuly – Ocean Macchia, 2002 Hand-blown Glass


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Artist: Dale Chihuly

Piece: Ocean Macchia,

Year: 2002

Medium: Hand-blown Glass

Size: 9 inches in height

Signed by the artist Certificate of Authenticity included

The Macchia series, regarded as one of the most innovative works Dale Chihuly has ever produced, resulted from the artist’s seemingly eccentric idea – to use all of the 300 colors he had in his hotshop. The Italian word “macchia” signifies a stain or a spot, but also the power of the artist to reveal nature through their special sensibilities. This series allowed Chihuly to explore truly endless and wild color combinations. To create Macchia pieces, Chihuly employed a unique artistic process. Fusing a variety of colored glass chips to the exterior, he created delicate vessels imbued with a marvelous spotted effect. To prevent interior and exterior colors from melding, he created a translucent or opaque white inner layer he calls a “cloud”. Created with vibrant dashes of color, the Macchia series is endowed with a strange and alluring force. This piece on offer is a wonderful example of this exuberant series. The color palette the artist used evokes the colors of the ocean and its inhabitants. The chartreuse interior is contrasted to the bluish-green exterior, while speckles of black, cobalt blue, and ochre dance across the surface of this compelling form. Delicate red body wraps run around the entire vessel, further complementing its undulated nature. The opening of the piece is delineated by a cobalt blue lip-wrap, emphasizing the classic rippling of the Macchia series. The intimate dialogue between color and form is at the heart of this elegant piece.


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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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