Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dale Chihuly

There is a Chihuly signature style.

You walk past a Chihuly Chandelier and you know it's a Chihuly.

He is singularly responsible for pushing glass as a medium of art into the public domain - like in the Union Station and the Glass Bridge and other various open public spaces in this country and all over the world.

His work is formal and sophisticated, yet elegant and playful.

His work produces a wide range of dramatic visual and emotional effects - from "Look at that!" to "Wow!"

Baroque, colorful, dazzling, enormous, extravagant - every known active and interactive verb has been used.

Throughout, we can see Chihuly's joy and enthusiasm for life.

Yet, glass blowing is a 2000-year-old tradition.

Chihuly absorbs the two thousand year old history of glass and transforms it through newer processes and technologies.

At the turn of the century there was another artist famous for his glasswork - stained glass windows, vases and art nouveau lamps - Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 - 1933)

There is little doubt that Dale Chihuly is the foremost studio glass artist alive.

1994-cobalt-blue-chandelier

1993-rose-madder-macchia-with-paris-blue-lip-wrap

1993-malina-window

1993-100000-pounds-of-ice-and-neon

1991-ultramarine-blue-venetian-with-two-red-stems

1990-transparent-green-venetian

1989-rose-venetian-with-rose-and-gold-prunts

1984-seaform

1982-macchia

1981-cobalt-with-chartreuse-macchia

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Dale Chihuly Biography