Sculpture & Carvings
Chihuly Two Piece Royal Raspberry Seafoam Glass Sculpture Retired 2007
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Title: Royal Raspberry Seaform Pair
Size: Largest piece 11" wide
Edition: Studio Edition Portland Press
Undulating and exquisite, Dale Chihuly’s Seaforms are implicitly pliant and mobile, even in their solid forms. “They open up and curl in a kind of voluptuous solicitation, restorative and generous, in a sensuous repose,” says art critic Joan Seeman Robinson. These rippling forms are made by blowing the hot glass into ribbed molds, producing radial lines that add strength and allow the molten glass to be thinner, creating an illusion of motion.
The 2007 Portland Press Studio Edition Royal Raspberry Seaform Pair consists of two elements, both characteristically weightless, but with an unusual body wrap that adds visible depth and tangible texture, flattened and pale pink inside the curves, though otherwise vivid and dimensional. Between ripples of magenta, a vibrant lime green is revealed from the insides of both pieces—catching the eye, intriguing the connoisseur.
Engraved with Chihuly’s signature on the smaller piece, this Studio Edition is handblown and measures approximately eleven inches across. The artwork arrives with a Plexiglas vitrine for display and Chihuly Seaforms, a hardcover book containing forty-four color photographs and essays by Joan Seeman Robinson and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Chihuly, is known especially for his fine glass work and vibrantly colored original paintings, Dale Chihuly is one of the most famous modern American artists. While his glass work is what made him famous, Chihuly is truly a master of many mediums.
An early interest in art beginning at a young age spurred Chihuly to pursue a long and varied artistic education. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941 the artist grew up there and studies Interior Design at the nearby University of Washington. After his graduation he enrolled in the country first glass program at the University of Wisconsin. In 1968, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study glass blowing at the renowned Venini glass factory in Venice, Italy. A the Venini factory, Chihuly was exposed to the team approach to glass blowing that he would go on to incorporate throughout the rest of his career. He later went on to study and receive his second master’s degree from the widely respected Rhode Island School of Design. After his graduation, Chihuly was asked to create and head the school’s first glass department. During this time, he also maintained his Washington roots by beginning the Pilchuck glass school near Stanwood in 1971. It was here he first began significantly pushing the envelope of glass sculpture. He began creating the indoor and outdoor artistic installation which would later go on to become a hallmark of the artist’s work.