With Dale Chihuly’s Persian series, the artist found a way to express the motion
and fluidity of liquid glass in what is perhaps his most energetic series. In the
Chihuly Persians catalog, art historian Robert Hobbs explains: “the elasticity of
each form manifests glass’s real character as a frozen liquid, as molecules held
in suspension.” This seeming elasticity is enhanced by the addition of swirling
color that traces the spines characteristic of Chihuly Persians.
Animated by its vibrant and flamboyant combination of colors, Paradise Persian
is impressive for the arcs of blue and violet that spinout from a small orb,
emphasizing the contrast between open and closed forms. A bright yellow lip
wrap encircling the ripples of blue accentuates its outer edge. The work
measures approximately nine inches in width.
This signed handblown Studio Edition is shipped with a Plexiglass display case
and the hardcover Chihuly Workshop publication Chihuly Persians. Fifty -eight
beautifully photographed images capture the imaginative combination of forms,
and an essay by museum curator Tina Oldknow gives historical context to the
artist’s Persian series.
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