Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Radiant Yellow Persian with Black Lip Wrap
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Size: 5.75" x 9.75" x 8.75"
Signed: Inscribed by Artist
Condition: Very good condition
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Inspired by the ancient world of the Byzantine and early Islamic era and excited with his profound fascination with Venice, Dale Chihuly imagined a series of abstract glass sculptures. Executed under the name “Persian”, the series embodies all of the cultural, historical and experiential impulses the artist implanted into the array of fine, elegant pieces.
The first Persian sculptures emerged in 1996, as a visual presentation of the spiritual and the material component of glass blowing - technically demanding, yet visceral. As renowned art historian and critic Barbara Rose noted about the series: “Their energy expands and explodes the fundamental spherical or cylindrical shapes of blown glass into eccentric and unforeseen new forms.”
The “Radiant Persian” created in 2000 belongs to this celebrated Chihuly’s series. The conical, undulating piece evokes the exotic mysteries of the ancient world, conjuring glimpses of images from the lost times of the Orient. A fusion of clear and opaque yellow glass, striped with maroon and yellow hues, lined with an opaque black rim, the Radiant Persian hand-blown sculpture represents a distant world, filled with contrasts and receptive qualities. This piece is signed by the artist and includes a gallery certificate of authenticity.
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. Glassworks 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 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.