Dale Chihuly – Aspen Green Persian, 2009
Hand Blown Glass
Size: approximately 8 x 9 x 9 inches
Signed by the artist
Certificate of Authenticity Included
The result of Dale Chihuly’s search for new forms, the series Persians comprises of delicate glass works of unexpected forms and dazzling colors. Reflecting on an ancient legacy in a rather contemporary way, Persians embody sensibilities of classical Greece, Persia, Byzantium, the Islamic world, Venice, as well as the Art Nouveau style.
Taking an experimental approach, Chihuly used ribbed optic molds where molten glass would be placed in order to create repetitive patterns. With the power of the human breath only, these bubbles would be transformed into whirling, asymmetrically shaped vessels which exhibit a fascinating attention to detail. The result is the exotic and eccentric collection of brilliantly colored and surprisingly shaped vessels enveloped with wreathing lines which artist describes as body wraps.
Titled “Aspen Green Persian”, the work on offer captures the artist’s love of compelling colors and energetic forms which characterizes the entire series. The green exterior of the work is adorned by lovely shades of yellow and sprinkled with red and black spots, while the interior of the piece contrasts the exterior with a brilliant citron green. A softly undulating edge is wrapped with a delicate ribbon of red, further highlighting its soft shape. Elegant body wraps, which are the signature feature of the entire series, radiate outward around the body of the vessel. Charmingly otherworldly, this piece evokes a magical world where the source of wonder and delight reside.
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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.