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Dale Chihuly

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GINGER PLUM SEAFORM , 2009 © Courtesy of the artist & Sylvia White Gallery
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Black Ikebana Drawing , 2007 Acrylic on Paper 42 X 30 in / 106.7 X 76.2 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Diane Farris Gallery
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Black Basket Set with Deep Blue Lip Wraps , 2008 Blown Glass 14 X W: 34 X 29 in /35.6 X 86.4 X 73.7 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Bill Lowe Gallery
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Chelsea Persians, 2010 Site-specific Installation, 100+ Glass Elements on Stainless Steel Armatures © Courtesy of the artist & Marlborough Chelsea
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Native American baskets and trade blankets Persimmon Basket With Navajo Blanket Shard © Courtesy of the artist & Tacoma Art Museum
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Installation View © Courtesy of the artist & Arthur Roger Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist & Oklahoma City Museum of Art
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Basket Cylinder, ca. 1976 Glass © Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
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Geranium Lake Basket with Black Wraps, 1986 © Courtesy of the artist & ARKANSAS ART CENTER-MUSEUM OF ART
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Mille Fiori, 2011 127 X 696 X 94" © Courtesy of the artist & Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photo by Scott Mitchell Leen
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Verdant Green Chandelier, 2012 53 X 72 X 68 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Sandra Ainsley Gallery
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Venetian Drawing 30 X 22 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Sandra Ainsley Gallery
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Mauve Macchia with Cobalt Blue Lip Wrap, 2002 16 X 15 X 15 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Sandra Ainsley Gallery
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Olive Macchia with Cadmium Yellow Lip Wrap, 1992 Blown Glass and Gold Leaf 19 X 31 X 29 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & The Dayton Art Institute
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Rivera Blue Macchia Chartreuse Lip Wrap, 2007 Glass © Courtesy of the artist & The Zimmerli Art Museum
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End of the Day #2, 1996 Blown Glass With Steel Armature, Museum Purchase With Funds Provided by JoAnn McGrath © Dale Chihuly
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River Blue Icicle Chandelier, 2015 37 X 70 X 67 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Gallery New York
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Chili Macchia with Peridot Lip Wrap, 2012 Hand Blown Glass 21 X 35 X 34 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Gallery
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Pink Macchia Single, 1986 Blown Glass 17 1/2 X 26 X 25 In., Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Jon and Mary Shirley © Dale Chihuly, Photo: Paul Macapia
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tacoma, Washington
Birth year
1941
Lives in
Seattle, WA
Works in
Seattle, WA
Current Exhibitions and Events
Statement

Dale Chihuly is a Slovak American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. From the beginning of his involvement with glass in the 1960s, Dale Chihuly has championed the use of blown glass as a vehicle for sculpture, focusing on the vessel in his explorations of color and form. Setting aside complex techniques in favor of letting the hot glass naturally find its own shape, he has produced work that is characterized by its large, gravity-influenced forms and minimal tooling as much as by its striking palette of colors.

Chihuly is better known, however, for his vessels, which he began to develop in the mid-1970s. From this period until well into the 1980s, he focused all of his interest in sculpture on the vessel, making individual pieces as well as installations that gradually increased in size as the technical capabilities of his team and his facilities grew.

Chihuly has always been interested in architecture, landscape, and glass of super-heroic scale, and when he moves his attention from object to environment, the result is nothing less than spectacular. Temporary outdoor projects such as the 1996 “Chihuly over Venice,” or “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000,” are unheard of in the craft-associated media to which glass belongs. Chihuly's singular mixture of ambition, vision, and enchantment comes closest to that of contemporary Land artists, such as Christo.

Portrait photo by Bryan Ohno

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