Aritst: Dale Chihuly
Title: Black Basket set with Orange Lip Wrap
Medium: Watercolor painting and graphite drawing on paper
Size: 22 1/2" x 30 1/8"
Frame Size: 27 1/4" x 34 3/4"
Inscription: Signed and dated below basket set
Documentation: Certificate of Authenticity included
Created by Dale Chihuly in 1981 at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, this signed, original watercolor and graphite drawing of a black basket set with orange lip wraps provides insight into the artist's detailed creative process. Chihuly's early drawings were primarily used as a form of communication with his glassblowing team to articulate his vision for a glass sculpture. His paintings and drawings capture his flow of ideas and energy through his sweeping gestural motions, embodying the spontaneity and immediacy found in his glasswork. Chihuly has often stated that both glasswork and drawings go together and inform each other. And, just like his handblown glass series, this painting juxtaposes traditional and contemporary art practices.
Dale Chihuly's original Black Basket set with Orange Lip Wrap watercolor and graphite drawing is signed "Chihuly Pilchuk 1981" 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. 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.