Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Sunset Macchia
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 8 1/4" x 7"
Inscription: Signed and Dated
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Although every piece in Dale Chihuly's Macchia series is renowned for its innovation and beauty, this 2005 Sunset Macchia does a particularly good job explaining why the artist is considered the foremost pioneer of the glass art world: It's unusual, organic shape demonstrates Chihuly's willingness to experiment with form, its multitude of rainbow hues show Chihuly's interest in questioning the traditional color pallet, and the unique spotted design (Macchia is Italian "spot) break long held conventions of how glass art ought to look. The 2005 Sunset Macchia contains endless nuances, and each angle reveals something new about the piece. Although the bright, bold colors are emblematic of Chihuly's modern era art, the unexpected combination of colors pays homage to the prodigious pairings of his earlier Macchias. Dale Chihuly's 2005 Portland Press Sunset Macchia is signed and dated by the artist and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
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.