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Dale Chihuly Sculptures

American, b. 1941

With his sculptural works that fuse naturalistic forms with vibrant colors, Dale Chihuly has established himself as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary makers of art glass. The Tacoma, Washington, native’s experimental techniques — manifest in large-scale glass sculptures, installations and environmental artworks alongside smaller table-top pieces — combine fine art, design, architecture and craft.

Chihuly’s inspired creative energy has brought glass blowing to a place at the forefront of the arts in the United States. His prolific body of work is coupled with a dedication to artistic instruction, education and community. Trained in interior design at the University of Washington, he pursued graduate work with Harvey Littleton, who built the first academic art glass program in the U.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After further studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Chihuly was awarded a 1968 Fulbright Fellowship to study glass blowing at the Venini glass factory on the island of Murano in Venice, where he was first introduced to group collaboration in glass making. Not only has Chihuly been committed to his own improvement as an artist, but he has also devoted much of his career to sharing his knowledge. He returned to RISD as an instructor, and after working there for more than a decade and he cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State in 1971. An automobile accident in 1976 left Chihuly blind in one eye; a subsequent injury while bodysurfing weakened one shoulder, leaving him reliant on assistant glassblowers to execute his designs.

Chihuly’s skills and technical innovations have allowed him to make pieces in an astonishing array of patterns, textures and hues — yet his work can be recognized immediately. He has created several notable extended series of artworks. These include his “Seaforms,” which evoke shells, starfish and other marine animals; “Blankets,” which are composed of cylindrical units in patterns suggested by Native American textiles; and, most famously, his grand chandeliers made up of scores of curling, curving, pepper-shaped elements. Whether large or small, as you will see on 1stDibs, the works of Dale Chihuly blend practical flair and bravura artistry. They are a highlight of any contemporary art and design collection.

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Artist: Dale Chihuly
White Seaform with Black Lip Wraps
By Dale Chihuly
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A sculpture by Dale Chihuly. "White Seaform with Black Lip Wraps" is a contemporary blown glass piece in a black and white palette by American artist Dale C...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Dale Chihuly Sculptures

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Celtic Emerald Persians
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Macchia Art Glass Bowls, from Seaforms
By Dale Chihuly
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Dale Chihuly is inspired by the organic forms of the sea and ever changing colors visible in the translucent purple of the outer layers speckled with opaque white, yellow, greens, or...
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Dale Chihuly sculptures for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Dale Chihuly sculptures available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Dale Chihuly in blown glass, glass and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Dale Chihuly sculptures, so small editions measuring 9 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of John Reeves, Gyöngy Laky, and Kevin Robb. Dale Chihuly sculptures prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $25,000 and tops out at $25,000, while the average work can sell for $25,000.
Questions About Dale Chihuly Sculptures
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    The nationality of Dale Chihuly is American. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, on September 20, 1941. In terms of his ancestry, the glassmaker is of Hungarian, Czech, Slavic, Swedish and Norwegian descent. Over the course of his career, Chihuly established himself as one of the world's preeminent contemporary makers of art glass and became well known for his experimental techniques. Explore a selection of Dale Chihuly art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    What happened to Dale Chihuly is the story of an artist who continues to fascinate art lovers and inspire viewers with his glass sculptures, installations and environmental artworks. Alongside his artistic practice, Chihuly has worked as an educator, cofounding the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, and heading up the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also advocates for making fine art accessible to everyone through youth outreach programs like Hilltop Artists and large-scale public projects like Chihuly Over Venice and Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem. Explore a selection of Dale Chihuly art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Dale Chihuly is best known for creating sculptures out of glass. His installation projects helped launch him into the art world's spotlight and include Ethereal White Persian Pond, Desert Towers and Opal and Amber Towers. You'll find a variety of Dale Chihuly art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Dale Chihuly no longer blows glass. Dale Chihuly did blow glass until he dislocated his right shoulder in 1979. The injury prevented him from properly holding the glass blowing pipe. However, he did hire others to do the work under his supervision. Shop a wide selection of Dale Chihuly glass pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Artist Dale Chihuly is best known for his glass sculptures. Chihuly studied interior design and received a Masters of Science in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin where he studied glassblowing. His works with glass are often featured in large installations and exhibitions earning raves around the globe. Shop a selection of Dale Chihuly pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Dale Chihuly still makes art. At this stage in his career he is very accomplished and well-known for his glass works. He has also experimented in paint, plastic, neon and other materials and is constantly pushing the art envelope to create new works and installations. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.

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