Dale Chihuly - Original Drawing with inscription
Marker on paper
21.5" X 18" framed, 12" X 9" unframed
Signed on verso
Custom framing to show signature through the plexiglass back. No expense spared on the framing.
Drawing has played a crucial role throughout Dale Chihuly’s career. “I always drew,” said the artist once. His ideas, especially after he lost sight in his left eye, were best expressed on a piece of paper, often through a schematic, quick-stroked drawing. While his first drawings were largely linear and sketchy, the latter works (since the beginning of the 1990s) abound with color and contrasts, similarly to his glass work. The almost entire body of Chihuly’s drawings is representative of objects, usually the objects he creates in glass, while he often draws in his studio making the drafting process inseparable from the glass blowing.
When we speak of the linear drawings of Dale Chihuly, it’s necessary to observe his position within the post-minimalist group of artists, to which Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, and Eva Hesse belong. These drawings are stripped to an essence, almost abstract, perfectly embodying a clean idea of the artist. Such is this schematic drawing accompanied by an inscription Dale Chihuly dedicated to a friend. Executed on a yellow backdrop with strong, contrasting green marker, the croquis alludes to a five-piece work arranged in a naturally descending order.
The signature refers to “Don”, identified as Donald B. Kuspit, the author of a 1999 Dale Chihuly monograph reviewing his works from 1968 - 1996.
The piece comes in professional, safe packaging. Certificate of Authenticity included.
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 of 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 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 much broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.