Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Print IV
Medium: Intaglio Print from Glass on Arches paper
Size: Sheet 42" x 30", Image 28" x 22"
Inscription: Signed "Chihuly" on bottom center; numbered on bottom right
Condition: Very good condition overall, request a full condition report for details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Best known for his iconic handblown glass sculptures, Dale Chihuly's paintings were an integral part of his creative process. Chihuly referred to his paintings as drawings, since he would use them to "draw" up the inspiration for his glass work. As Chihuly's glass began to gain international renown, his "drawings" also grew in popularity.
Many falsely assume the perceptive elevation of Chihuly's two-dimensional work is a recent phenomenon as a result of the success in the international market. "Print IV" from 1987; however, shows Chihuly's early willingness to explore a range of mediums. Though this print is an outline for a glass Macchia, Chihuly's commitment to the difficult and time-consuming two color intaglio printing process underscores his commitment to the craft. Chihuly's printing work demonstrates both an aspect of his creative process as well as a novel creative outlet.
Dale Chihuly's 1987 two color sepia and black intaglio "Print IV" is from a limited edition of 25 works. It is signed "Chihuly" in the lower center and numbered on the lower right. "Print IV" includes original documentation from the printer, Littleton Studios, and Modern Artifact guarantees the authenticity of this piece.
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.