Chihuly Over Venice


Chihuly Over Venice, 1999
Lithograph with acrylic on paper
41 ¼ x 28 ¾ inches

Chihuly’s spectacular and revolutionary work in the medium of blown glass has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art. He is recognized around the world for producing visions in glass of unsurpassed scale, complexity and brilliance. His well-known series of works, the Baskets, Persians, and Seaforms, and his large architectural installations such as Chihuly over Venice, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem, Chihuly at the Victoria & Albert, Chihuly in the Park, 2002 Olympic Sinter Games, and The Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma, Washington have dazzled the art world and the general population. The Chihuly over Venice involved working in glass factories in Finland, Ireland and Mexico with the resultant sculptures of grand chandeliers installed over the canals and piazzas of Venice.  An American artist, Chihuly was first introduced to glass at the University of Washington and later studied under the blown glass pioneer Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin. In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy and while there was introduced to the team approach to blowing glass. This team approach was adopted by Chihuly and is critical to the way he works. In 1971, Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, which has become an international glass center. His work is part of over two hundred museum collections worldwide. He has earned many awards, including seven honorary doctorates and two, fellows hips from the National Endowment for the Arts.