July 22 – September 5, 2021
Sims Reed Gallery
The world knows Dale Chihuly as a pioneering glass artist. But that is just one facet of his life. Over the years, Chihuly has developed a host of innovative techniques to achieve his artistic vision. He started drawing as an interior design student at university and has continued to explore its versatile medium ever since then. Working on paper, Chihuly explores colour and depth, blurring the boundaries between painting, drawing and glass work.
Following the Chihuly exhibition last year of Dale Chihuly’s prints and drawings at Sims Reed Gallery, we are excited to present a selection of the artist’s unique works on paper created with liquid acrylics, made between 1994 to 2014.
For Chihuly, drawing has always been an integral part of his practice, whether as a springboard for his sculptural work in glass, or as works in their own right. Drawing is a process of discovery for him and are extensions of his sculptures. In his mind, the two mediums are intertwined: “Drawing is a fluid process, as glassblowing is a fluid process.” Without any preconceived intentions, Chihuly’s images grow organically from the process of drawing itself – similarly to how three-dimensional forms take shape spontaneously out of the physical qualities of molten glass. His drawings capture the fluid and expressive spontaneity of the creative gesture.