E-Newsletter : Issue #097 Chihuly Studio Editions 2016

March 1, 2016 – Special Edition

Holsten Galleries newsletter

2016 Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly

Greetings! I am very pleased to announce the premier of Dale Chihuly’s 2016 Studio Edition. I must say that I am very excited about this year’s offerings. All four works are so special that I have still not been able to definitively choose a favorite. In that regard, I’d love to hear from some of you about your favorites. Here they are:

Jade Green Seaform
2016 Studio Edition

by Dale Chihuly
The 2016 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Jade Green Seaform harkens back to 1980 when Chihuly first began developing this organic series, in which he originally chose a softer color palette. In this two-piece composition, both the transition from rich saturated green to a transparent base and the darker green "beads" striated in the folds of the form are echoes of earlier iterations of this beloved series.

Jade Green Seaform by Dale Chihuly, ~4" H x 7.5" W x 7.5" D


Star Fire Seaform by Dale Chihuly, 5" H x 10" W x 10" D

Star Fire Seaform
2016 Studio Edition
by Dale Chihuly
This year’s Star Fire Seaform is another great example of this Chihuly series. The larger element, which is asymmetrical as if shaped by tidal motions, is encircled by a brilliant twisted orange and red body wrap that accentuates its rhythmic swells. The smaller and slightly more opaque interior element anchors the focal point of the sculpture. The intensity of the fiery red and orange twisted body wrap is tempered by the clear base upon which it is applied.


Mandarin Yellow Persian
2016 Studio Edition
by Dale Chihuly
With its free-spirited essence and asymmetry, the Persian series is a visual presentation of the glassblowing process, an intuitive yet technical execution, like a frozen fluid thought. An outer band of golden yellow rims the larger element, fading to an incandescent transparency as the dynamic white body wrap emphasizes the sweeping motion of the sculpture’s ribbing and scallops.

Mandarin Yellow Persian by Dale Chihuly, ~7.5" H X 10" W X 9.5" D


Nordic Blue Macchia by Dale Chihuly, 9" H x 10.5" W x 10.5" D

Nordic Blue Macchia
2016 Studio Edition
by Dale Chihuly
A stained-glass window and a foggy day inspired Dale Chihuly’s vibrantly bold Macchia series. Layer upon layer of glass compose Nordic Blue Macchia, the fourth and final 2016 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition. Clouds of variegated blues eclipse the exterior while a secondary layer of orange and chartreuse flecks, called "jimmies," dances across the surface. The vivid red-orange interior provides a luminous inner glow.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing Chihuly’s 2016 Studio Editions and I look forward to hearing from you with any comments or questions you might have!

Kenn Holsten


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