I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced.

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly b. 1941

American glass sculptor and entrepreneur Dale Chihuly is among the most well-regarded glass artists of the 20th and 21st Century.

Dale Chihuly’s academic career began at the University of Washington where he earned a BA in Interior Design in 1965. He then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied under Harvey Littleton, founder of the first formal glass program in the United States. He graduated in 1967 with a Master of Science in Sculpture before moving on to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 1968. He would later return to RISD to establish a glass program and teach for many years.

After earning his third degree, Chihuly sojourned in Venice where he worked in the factory of Paolo Venini, a key architect of the 20th century design aesthetic and one of the leading producers of mid-century Murano glass. It was in Venini’s studio on the island of Murano that Chihuly first witnessed the team approach to blowing glass, a practice that would become an integral part of his work in the years to come. Though he returned to the United States to teach, Chihuly continued to travel the world to meet and learn from like-minded artists.

In 1976, Chihuly was involved in an auto accident that resulted in the loss of his left eye, greatly limiting his sense of visual depth. Chihuly’s ability to create was further impaired by a bodysurfing accident in 1979 that left him unable to hold the glassblowing pipe. The injuries sustained in these two incidents forced Chihuly to hire others to assist. In a 2006 interview Chihuly explained, "Once I stepped back, I liked the view." This new perspective allowed Chihuly to anticipate problems sooner and work more efficiently. Additionally, working with a team of master glassblowers enabled Chihuly’s studio to produce glass art on a scale and quantity that would be inconceivable for a single artist working alone.

Though Chihuly has worked in multiple mediums including charcoal, acrylic, and graphite, it is his large and vibrantly colored glass sculptures and installations for which he is best known. These include his “Seafoam Series,” of thin, wavy translucent glass forms sporting bold bands and splashes of color, his “Ikebana Series” of naturally inspired ‘glass flowers,’ and his series of massive and stunningly intricate chandeliers.

Auction Results Dale Chihuly

DALE CHIHULY, Persian Installation, Poggianti-Schulman Wall | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Persian Installation, Poggianti-Schulman Wall
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $87,500

DALE CHIHULY, Ox Blood Persian Set with Black Lip Wraps | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Ox Blood Persian Set with Black Lip Wraps
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $31,250

DALE CHIHULY, Royal Blue and Chrome Green Persian Set | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Royal Blue and Chrome Green Persian Set
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $17,500

DALE CHIHULY, Scarlet Lake Swirled Venetian with Flowers | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Scarlet Lake Swirled Venetian with Flowers
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,640

DALE CHIHULY, Chrome Lemon Soft Cylinder with Mars Brown Drawing | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Chrome Lemon Soft Cylinder with Mars Brown Drawing
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,000

DALE CHIHULY, Aquamarine Soft Cylinder with Orange Lip Wrap | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Aquamarine Soft Cylinder with Orange Lip Wrap
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $15,000

DALE CHIHULY, Ultramarine Macchia with Emerald Lip Wrap | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Ultramarine Macchia with Emerald Lip Wrap
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,000

DALE CHIHULY, Monumental Red Orange Basket Set with Black Lip Wraps | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Monumental Red Orange Basket Set with Black Lip Wraps
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $12,500

DALE CHIHULY, Purple Lake Soft Cylinder with Terre Verte Drawing | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Purple Lake Soft Cylinder with Terre Verte Drawing
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $12,160

DALE CHIHULY, Cadmium Red Light Macchia with Emerald Lip Wrap | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Cadmium Red Light Macchia with Emerald Lip Wrap
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,520

DALE CHIHULY, Roman Red Seaform Set | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Roman Red Seaform Set
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $10,000

DALE CHIHULY, French Blue Soft Cylinder with Azo Yellow Lip Wraps | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

French Blue Soft Cylinder with Azo Yellow Lip Wraps
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $9,375

DALE CHIHULY, Lucky Green Macchia with Crimson Lip Wrap from the Seaforms series | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Lucky Green Macchia with Crimson Lip Wrap from the Seaforms series
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375

DALE CHIHULY, Seaform Set | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Seaform Set
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $9,375

DALE CHIHULY, Carmine Venetian with Prussian Blue Leaves | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Carmine Venetian with Prussian Blue Leaves
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,320

DALE CHIHULY, Yellow Soft Cylinder with Green Lip Wrap | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Yellow Soft Cylinder with Green Lip Wrap
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,500

DALE CHIHULY, Allure Blue Basket Set wtih Black Lip Wrap | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Allure Blue Basket Set wtih Black Lip Wrap
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,500

DALE CHIHULY, Amethyst Persian set | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Amethyst Persian set
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $6,875

DALE CHIHULY, White Seaform Set with Oxblood Wraps | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

White Seaform Set with Oxblood Wraps
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,875

DALE CHIHULY, Sea Forms | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Sea Forms
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,000

DALE CHIHULY, early Basket | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

early Basket
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,937

DALE CHIHULY, Seaforms, set of three | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Seaforms, set of three
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,397

DALE CHIHULY, Amethyst Persian | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Amethyst Persian
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,312

DALE CHIHULY, Clover Pink Macchia with Leaf Green Lip Wrap from the Seaform series | Wright20.com

Dale Chihuly

Clover Pink Macchia with Leaf Green Lip Wrap from the Seaform series
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,312