Visual artist, master glassmaker
Location: Washington (US)
Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was initiated into
glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington.
After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He then created the Glass program and taught for over a decade.
In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright scholarship, he went to work at the
Venini glassworks in Venice. There he observed the approach of the team
glassblowing, which is essential to his way of working today.
Painting & Drawings.
Dale drew and painted, a practice which intensified after an injury forced him to stop blowing glass in 1979. From then on, drawing became a distinct form of expression and a medium to develop the concepts he wanted to explore in glass. An avenue to harness and release one’s creative energy. His charcoal, pencil, pastel and watercolor drawings also serve as a means of communicating his ideas to studio assistants. Visitors to the NYBG exhibition encounter a suite of his drawings from the 1980s alongside glass works from the same period, offering insight into Dale’s creative process and his engagement with a variety of materials.