Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Large Soft Pink and White Seaform with Plumbago Blue Lip Wrap
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 8 1/4" x 19 1/2" x; 15"
Inscription: Signed and dated on bottom
Condition: Very good quality, please request full condition report for details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Dale Chihuly's appropriately named Seaform series shares the organic, ethereal qualities of the ocean. While Chihuly's modern era work is best known for its bright, fully saturated colors; this fine 1983 Seaform example demonstrates his impressive range. The delicate, translucent qualities of Chihuly's seaforms are highlighted by the use of white and soft pink. The artist uses contrasting lip wraps as somewhat of a signature throughout his body of work, and the choice of Plumbago Blue for this piece maintains the tranquil aesthetic while simultaneously providing enough visual punctuation. It was very rare for Chihuly to produce a Seaform of this scale, and this is one of the largest ever produced for private sale. Dale Chihuly's Large Soft Pink and White Seaform with Plumbago Blue Lip Wrap is signed and dated on the bottom and comes with a certificate or authenticity from Modern Artifact.
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.