The Cinnabar Basket reveals the elegant simplicity and classic form exemplified in this series. Thin, striated black lines articulate the asymmetry of the spherical vessel, while the burnished red backdrop is accentuated by a constellation of black and yellow spots. Combined, these characteristics bring a balance of form that is both inviting and expressive.
This handblown Studio Edition measures approximately six inches in height and is signed by Chihuly.
Inspired, colorful, and elegant, the Cinnabar Basket captures the
definitive essence of the Basket series.
The Chartreuse Persian Pair couples the artist’s studied understanding of color with his organic sense of form. The large open element is a transparent citrus green edged with a vibrant red lip wrap, which accentuates the sculpture’s scallops, spines, and swells. A pomegranate-colored element blooms from inside the piece, bringing a brilliant touch of color to this strikingly unique work.
This signed, handblown Studio Edition measures eleven inches across.
The Chartreuse Persian Pair is a luscious example of this tantalizing
series by Dale Chihuly.
The Brandywine Macchia illustrates Chihuly’s passion for color. The base element, golden-colored on the outside, features a gently rolled lip exposing the deep purple interior of the Macchia. Flecks of blue and red along the exterior and a rich teal lip wrap add further contrast and dimension capturing the sculpture’s graceful undulations. The intricately detailed interior element extends the intimate dialogue between color and form that is at the heart of this work.
The Brandywine Macchia is eleven inches across and signed by the artist and is a quintessential example of the artist’s desire to explore and experiment with color.
Animated and complex, the Saffron Seaform Pair is a fluent example of Chihuly’s Seaform series. A thin crimson body wrap is skillfully applied to each piece of this two-part composition, providing a vivid juxtaposition to the rich honeyed yellow. This contrast extends the dimensional ebb and flow of the sculpture’s undulating ripples and radial design.
The Saffron Seaform Pair measures approximately nine inches across and embodies the rich relationship between nature and art in Chihuly’s work.
Cool turquoise meets mischievous orange in the Studio Edition Aqua Blue Macchia. Deep indigo "jimmies", small chips of colored glass, are scattered across the turquoise exterior, adding depth and dimension. The ripples and folds of the graceful slumping form are induced by gravity and further emphasize the dynamic orange core of the Macchia. A chartreuse lip wrap accentuates the unique color palette of the piece. This handblown piece, signed by Chihuly, is approximately six inches high.
Patches of silver and gold and opaline spots adorn the amber vessel, establishing an elemental ground for a graceful, coiling stemmed leaf. The scarlet leaf, ribbed and touched with discreet streaks of gold, emerges from the vase with a seducing curved equilibrium and rests on a perfectly balanced point. The combination is one of serene rapport. Scarlet Leaf Ikebana is a two-piece composition that illustrates the simple elegance of this series and measures approximately eleven inches in height.
A dramatic two-piece composition, unfolds in a swirling wave of plush auberigne. Against this dense color, a tonal body wrap emphasizes the sculpture's lyrical swells, which culminate in a contrasting green lip wrap. The handblown Violet Persian Pair is signed by Chihuly and measures approximately eleven inches across.
We are pleased to introduce the FIRST white Studio Edition in the collection. The White Pearl Seaform Pair draws its visual strength from the dexterous balance between the elements of the composition. The tw
isting white body wrap laid over clear glass adds motion to the pair and the turquoise lip wrap draws the eye outward to the gentle scallop of the sculpture's outer edges. Signed by the artist, the handblown White Pearl Seaform Pair measures approximately nine inches across.
The Azure Seaform Pair is a two-piece composition that resonates with the reflective qualities of marine forms. A tidal cadence of turquoise along the mouth of the piece illuminates the bands of lapis strata that wrap the body. Set against these temperate tonalities, a radiant yellow lip wrap defines the folding contours of the body, accentuating the form articulated in this piece.
This handblown Studio Edition measures approximately ten inches across and arrives with a custom-designed display vitrine.
The 2011 Portland Press Studio Edition Azure Seaform Pair, is a fluid expression of the aquatic translated through the artist’s chosen medium of glass.
With an unrestricted palette, the 2011 Portland Press Studio Edition Fiesta Macchia articulates the masterful use of color throughout. From the bonfire of amber sparks that pepper a simmering adobe red to its interior patina of burnished orange, Fiesta Macchia expresses the series’ distinctive use of revelatory color. The flowing ripples of the Macchia are delineated by the chartreuse lip wrap extending onto the body and accentuating the dimensional texture of the piece.
Fiesta Macchia is accompanied by a specially designed vitrine. This handblown piece measures approximately ten inches in height and is signed by the artist.
A cache of prolific color, the Fiesta Macchia will add a dramatic presence to any fine art collection.
An enigmatic underwater world is brought to light in the 2011 Studio Edition Neptune Blue Seaform. A skillful technique called “blow-through” creates an optical gradation effect that allows light to refract with clarity through the sculpture’s nearly translucent center to its deep indigo rim. Ribbons of mineral green rhythmically wrap the scalloping Seaform body. These subtle color effects are counterbalanced by a citron lip wrap.
The Neptune Blue Seaform Studio Edition measures approximately nine inches across and is engraved with Chihuly’s signature. Each Studio Edition is accompanied by a Plexiglas vitrine.
We are pleased to present Neptune Blue Seaform, an inspired manifestation of art and imagery.
The Wild Poppy Persian Pair is a rush of sumptuous golden orange and oxidized browns. The addition of a reduction color, applied to both elements of this two-piece composition, creates a zephyr of shimmer that lends this 2011 Studio Edition an ‘exotic’ quality. The contrasting deep blue lip wrap emphasizes the expressive lines recurrent in Chihuly’s classic Persian form.
Measuring approximately eleven inches across, this signed handblown work is presented in a Plexiglas vitrine.
The Wild Poppy Persian Pair offers an enduring perpetuation of the past reflected in a contemporary sculpture.
The Red Amber Persian Pair combines the lithe, beguiling lines of Chihuly’s Persian series with the rich, saturated colors for which the artist is renowned. The two elements, each accented with a slender serpentine body wrap, sensuously interlace to form an intuitive union.
Signed by the artist, the handblown Red Amber Persian Pair measures approximately 11 inches across and is accompanied by a Plexiglas display case.
The exotic essence of the Persians is epitomized in the lavish form and hue of the Red Amber Persian Pair—a 2010 Studio Edition that is a welcome addition to any fine art collection.
Conceptualized in 1981, the Macchia series revolves around color and more color. “The Macchia series began with my waking up one day wanting to use all 300 of the colors in the hotshop,” remarks Dale Chihuly. “Color is one of the great properties of glass and is more intense in glass than any other material.” With virtually endless color combinations to explore, the Macchia remain a fresh continual study of vibrant, fluid form that has increased, over time, in size and scale.
Using a layering technique that keeps the interior and exterior colors separate, the Cerulean Macchia, a single composition, reveals a mercurial duality. Prismatic gemstone colors cover the exterior and are accentuated by an interior of brilliant turquoise. A deep red body wrap and dusting create a three-dimensional effect, adding depth to the surface.
Cerulean Macchia, signed by the artist and measuring approximately 9 inches, is presented in a museum-quality Plexiglas vitrine and is accompanied by the hardcover publication Chihuly alla Macchia.
Portland Press is proud to offer Cerulean Macchia, a striking mosaic of color with a bold spirit, as a 2010 Studio Edition.
Dale Chihuly’s Basket series began as a simple exploration of form rather than surface. Inspired by the effects that time had upon a collection of woven baskets, making them appear somewhat misshapen and gracefully rumpled, he decided to allow natural forces rather than traditional tools to shape the forms. Chihuly began composing sets of multiple elements, progressively drawing contemplation inward within the form. Art historian Linda Norden remarks, “If one looked into these groupings of Baskets rather than at them, new worlds opened up and one could lose oneself to the seduction of forms within forms within forms.”
The Jasmine Basket evokes the continued grace and timeless elegance of Chihuly’s Basket series. Two golden yellow vessels, accented with distinctive contrasting lip and body wraps, compose this 2010 Studio Edition. The smaller element is endearingly cocooned within the environment of its larger counterpart, together conveying an air of gracious unity.
Handblown and signed by the artist, the pair together measure approximately 8 inches. Included is a specially designed Plexiglas vitrine and a companion book, Chihuly: Baskets. The 148-page hardcover publication features two essays and seventy-five color images.
Portland Press is delighted to offer the Jasmine Basket, a harmonious study of sculpture and balance.
More than twenty years ago, a dialogue between artist and material began from which Dale Chihuly’s Basket series emerged. Breaking free of the traditional symmetry and functionality of glass, Chihuly’s interpretation expresses an instinctive, organic quality that draws upon three fundamental elements: gravity, fire, and breath. Rippling and dimpling under the natural force of gravity and pushed to the edge of its limitations by fire and breath, this series embodies glass beyond boundaries and Chihuly’s vision as stated by the artist himself: “letting glass find its own form.”
Royal Violet Basket Set, a 2010 Portland Press Studio Edition, exemplifies the weightless organic fluidity of the Basket series. The large Basket, flushed with a delicate violet mist and gently illuminated by a golden body wrap, envelops two small violet vessels, forming an inner microcosm, veiled and secretive.
Measuring approximately 8 1/2 inches in height, this signed, handblown work is presented in a Plexiglas vitrine. The set is completed by the 148-page hardcover Portland Press publication Chihuly: Baskets.
With its expressive form and contemplative composition, the Royal Violet Basket Set will enhance one’s appreciation of this incomparable series.
Rich traditions of Venetian glassblowing contribute to the inspiration found in Dale Chihuly's Persian series. The artist Walter Darby Bannard explains further: " There is a popular misconception that great modernist art always makes a radical break with the past. In fact, very good new art often breaks with the present by going back to the past. "
Misty Persian Pair, a 2009 Portland Press Studio Edition, is the quintessential Persian form, with undulating edges and captivating color. Concentric bands of turquoise cover the surface, complemented by a darker blue line that adds depth and detail. A flattened spherical shape that seems to be a playful, living entity rests inside. The pair is accented with a citron yellow lip wrap.
Accompanying Misty Persian Pair are the 104-page hardcover book Chihuly Persians and a Plexiglas vitrine for display. The piece is signed by Dale Chihuly and measures approximately eleven inches across.
Misty Persian Pair embodies the ethereal style and vivid colors found in Chihuly's Persians.
In the late 1970s, Dale Chihuly was inspired to begin his Basket series after seeing Northwest Coast Indian baskets at the Washington State Historical Society. During a period of experimentation, he discovered that using as few tools as possible and letting the glass find its own form allowed him to achieve the effects now exemplified by this elegant series. Michael Monroe, executive director and chief curator of the Bellevue Art Museum, explains that "this tension, pressure or force is reflected in his glass Baskets, which appear malleable and very light. They seem to be moving under a stress more sensed than seen."
Rich design and fine technique are evident in the organic classic Chihuly form of this Vienna Green Basket Set. This extraordinary two-part 2008 Portland Press Studio Edition consists of a green Basket in an intriguing collapsed form. A smaller green form rests inside the larger piece, and both have contrasting black lip wraps.
Vienna Green Basket Set measures approximately eleven inches wide by four inches high. Chihuly's signature appears on the smaller piece. Also included is a custom-designed Plexiglas vitrine and a copy of Chihuly: Baskets, the 148-page Portland Press publication detailing the history of the Basket series.
Vienna Green Basket Set is a striking and seductive work of art that will lure any fine art connoisseur.
Dale Chihuly's Macchia series is renowned for its innovative use of color and extravagant design. Macchia, from the Italian word for "spotted," have brilliant and wildly contrasting color palettes, inside and out, that are separated by a layer of white glass "clouds" to maintain the vibrancy of the colors. Chihuly recalls, "When we unloaded the ovens in the morning, there was a rush of seeing something I had never seen before. Like much of my work, the series inspired itself. The unbelievable combinations of color that became the driving force."
The 2008 Portland Press Studio Edition, Dakota Macchia, bursts in a kaleidoscope of color. The rich blue exterior is accentuated with luminous spots of green and yellow and fine lines of reddish orange. The striking magenta interior provides an alluring contrast, and the entire form is edged with a warm yellow lip wrap.
Dakota Macchia comes with a specially designed vitrine and a copy of Chihuly alla Macchia, a volume that features images from the George R. Stroemple Collection and an essay by art historian Robert Hobbs. This handblown piece, signed by Chihuly, is approximately ten inches high.
Dakota Macchia exhibits the quintessential Macchia design and will be a distinguished addition to any collection.
With their exotic, fluid shapes, Dale Chihuly's Persians swirl with kinetic energy, mimicking ancient vessels or blending into a natural landscape almost seamlessly. "I love to juxtapose the man-made and the natural to make people wonder and ask, Are they man-made or did they come from nature? That's a very important part of my work," says Chihuly.
Celtic Emerald Persian Pair blazes with bright and vibrant color. Measuring approximately eleven inches across, the larger piece is blown through, bright green in the center to a dark, shadowy green along the edge, accented by a golden yellow lip wrap. Echoing these same colors, a smaller, coiling element rests inside looking as if it were a live garden creature reaching out to the viewer. Winding around both elements, dark and light green body wraps create a virtual glow.
The larger element of this handblown 2007 Portland Press Studio Edition is signed by Chihuly. A Plexiglas vitrine and Chihuly Persians, a hardcover book featuring sixty color photos of the Persian series with an essay by museum curator Tina Oldknow, are included.