Dale Chihuly

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Dale Chihuly (1941 - ), hailing from Tacoma, Washington, and born in 1941, has transformed glass art, showing us that it's much more than just vases and bowls—it's a vibrant, living form of expression. We offer a free appraisal service as well as a free collection service for any Frank Gehry items consigned to our modern design auctions. 

Dale Chihuly Overview


Dale Chihuly's journey into the world of glass began during his college days at the University of Washington. Keen to dive deeper, he joined America's inaugural glass program at the University of Wisconsin and further polished his skills at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). There, he didn't just learn; he also taught and founded the school's glass program, shaping the next generation of glass artists.

Chihuly is famous for his breathtaking installations and sculptures that you might have seen adding a splash of color to gardens, museums, and public spaces across the globe. His "Chandeliers," "Seaforms," and "Persians" series stand out with their bold colors, mesmerising shapes, and sheer scale, showcasing glass's fluid beauty like never before.

A car accident in the late '70s could have ended his career since it left him blind in one eye. But Chihuly, ever the innovator, turned this challenge into an opportunity. He began collaborating more closely with a team, guiding them through sketches and spoken directions to bring his visions to life. This team-based approach became a signature of his work, emphasising that great art often comes from great collaboration.

Chihuly's influence stretches far beyond the art itself. He's played a huge role in elevating glass from a craft to a form of fine art recognised and celebrated worldwide. His pioneering spirit and unmatched skill have not only won him widespread acclaim but also inspired countless artists. Dale Chihuly's creations, bursting with color and life, continue to dazzle and inspire awe, reminding us of the delicate yet powerful essence of glass.


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