Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Dance Tacoma Dance
Size: 60" x 40"
Frame: 71 1/2" x 49 1/2" x 1"
Inscription: Signed "Chihuly" and inscribed "Dance Tacoma Dance"
Year: circa 1994
Condition: Very good quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
The American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is best known for using innovative techniques for handblown glass. Though primarily known for his asymmetrical and irregular vessels, his drawings and paintings are essential aspects of his practice. His drawings capture the flow of ideas and energy through sweeping gestural motions. They embody the spontaneity and immediacy found in his glasswork through colors applied in layers.
Just like his early glassworks, his first drawings were subdued and used charcoal and graphite. They became bolder and more colorful as he explored other materials. The dynamic and energetic illustrations usually serve as precursors to his glassworks or as standalone pieces. Chihuly has often stated that both glasswork and drawings go together and inform each other.
Untitled illustrates the gestural painting process of Chihuly through splashed lines and abstracted forms of dancers. The spontaneous lines throughout the painting highlight the freedom and impulsiveness of his thoughts and creative approach. The composition includes the words Dance Tacoma Dance that allude to his affinity to other art forms and reference his hometown, Tacoma, Washington. Furthermore, it highlights his process and workflow in the studio and glass workshop, often compared to a graceful dance. Just like his glasswork series, the artwork juxtaposes traditional and contemporary art practices.
Untitled includes a gallery certificate of authenticity. The work is signed "Chihuly" and inscribed "Dance Tacoma Dance." Furthermore, the artwork is of very good quality.
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.