Richard Marquis – Jellyfish Salt Shaker, 2016
Zanfirico and granulare glass found object
Size: 9 x 5 inches
Signed and dated with copyright
Certificate of Authenticity included
A pioneer of American contemporary glass art, Richard Marquis is one of the first Americans ever to work in a Venetian glass factory, becoming a master of acclaimed Venetian cane and murine glass techniques. Ranging from outrageous and highly embellished to domestically whimsical, his work is characterized by a flawless technique and a sophisticated understanding of form and color.
Continuously developing and perfecting glassblowing techniques, Marquis explored a range of experimental directions, making his oeuvre unique and in constant innovation. On one of those experiments, the artist said: “I had this need to go backward, to do something entirely stupid.” Marquis’s distinct humor and willingness to experiment comes to the fore in the piece “Jellyfish Salt Shaker” created in 2016. A collector of beat-up, vintage object since his early childhood, Marquis often incorporates found objects into his glass works, creating the most unusual combinations. In the present work, the artist placed a found salt shaker in the shape of chicken atop a masterfully crafted jellyfish-shaped zanfirico and granulare glass piece. This unusual juxtaposition has resulted in a work of an animated countenance and humorous and nostalgic content. Quirky and playful, this exquisite glass piece perfectly encapsulates the originality of the artist’s voice.
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About Richard Marquis
A master of studio glass, Richard Marquis has brought a distinct sense of humor and quirkiness into this ancient and traditional technique. He is today celebrated for his refined understanding of color and form and his openness to experimentation.
After studying at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s, Richard Marquis went to the island of Murano to work with the finest masters of a glassblowing tradition. Being the first 20th-century American Glass artist to use these techniques, he generously shared his knowledge, contributing to the redefinition of glass as an artistic medium.
Throughout his career, Marquis produced an eclectic body of work characterized by humor, irony and remarkable technical skill, ranging from animal figurines to domestically playful, oddball and contemporary images. An avid collector of beat-up, vintage objects since his early childhood, he often incorporates these items into his pieces. Through this practice, the mundane props of daily life are transformed into candid cultural relics. His distinct visual language is often spiced with an irreverent and witty counter-cultural outlook.
Richard Marquis is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the election for the Outstanding Achievement in Glass by Urban Glass in 2000, the Libensky Award by Pilchuck Glass School and Artist Series Meritage in 2004, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Glass Art Society in 2005, the Lifetime Achievement Award by Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in 2006, the James Renwick Alliance Masters of the Medium Awards by Smithsonian Institution in 2009 and Neddy Artist Fellowship by The Behnke Fellowship in 2010.
Admired for his technical virtuosity and the originality of his voice, Marquis has influenced an entire generation of artists working in glass. Richard Marquis was born in 1945 in Bumble Bee, Arizona. In 1982, he moved entirely to an island in Puget Sound, where he maintains his studio today.