Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Sunrise Macchia
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 9” high
Signed: Inscribed by Artist
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request a full report for condition details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
“Macchia” is certainly one of the most colorful glasswork series ever conceived by Chihuly. Stemming from the idea to use all 300 colors in his shop, it’s a tribute to color in the broadest sense, as it celebrates brightness, translucency, opacity, contrasts and amazing hues.
A wonderful collectible, the 2006 “Sunrise Macchia” is not only a spectacular example of the series, but also a piece that marked a new chapter in the Portland Press Studio Editions. Soft blues on the outer shell are broken by the protruding vermillion of the vessel’s inside, sealed with a yellow rim to enhance the chromatic duality. Nuances tone down towards the base, approaching the aquatic exterior and evoking the balance between fire and water.
Approximately 9 inches high, Sunrise Macchia is hand blown and signed by the artist.
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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. Glasswork of Dale Chihuly is considered one 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 degrees 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 glasswork on a much broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.