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Chihuly began developing his body of work titled Niijima Floats in 1991 creating, at that time, some of the largest pieces of glass ever blown by hand. Over the last two decades, these multi-hued spheres have become integral to Chihuly’s garden exhibitions, often presented in groupings floating on water or within installations of Mille Fiori. Sterling Floats offers a two-dimensional representation of this series in glass with each form defined by pewter and black acrylic paint. Vibrant red and yellow dots speckle the interiors providing energy and momentum as the two Floats ricochet across the field of view.
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Seven-color serigraph with handwork
37"H x 25"W
Edition of 125; signed in paint and numbered in pencil
Printed in 2022 by Kolibri Art Studio, Gardena, CA
All Chihuly Fine Art Prints are originals, signed by Chihuly and numbered. Prints with handwork are created by drawing with paint onto existing prints after they are pulled from the press.
Please allow 2 to 3 days for order processing. Additional time may be needed based on the availability of framed or unframed prints.
Serigraphy is a stencil-based printing process in which ink is forced through a fine screen onto paper. The process begins with Dale Chihuly drawing very specific elements of the final composition on individual sheets of Mylar, a polyester film, using a grease-like ink called tusche. Placing all the Mylar sheets on top of one another reveals the final composition to be printed. The individual Mylar sheets act as a stencil, which is used to create a negative of the image on a screen that is stretched over the aluminum frame of the press. The screen is then placed on top of the paper and ink is spread evenly across it, allowing the ink to move through the open spaces of the screen onto the archival paper below. To create one single print within a four-color edition, the paper is run through the press four separate times—each time using one of four different Mylar sheets and reinking the press with a new color for each pass. Serigraphs with handwork are created by drawing with paint onto existing lithographs after they are pulled from the press.
Lithograph prints are created by Chihuly in different ways, including by drawing with tusche (a grease-like ink) onto stone or metal plates or by painting on sheets of Mylar. One plate is needed for each color desired in the final artwork. For example, a six-color lithograph requires six unique plates. After further preparation by the master printmaker, the plates are inked and hand-pulled through the press using archival paper, with one pass required for each plate. Thus, a six-color lithograph is run through the press six separate times. Lithographs with handwork are created by drawing with paint onto existing lithographs after they are pulled from the press.
Woodcut prints are created from a composition that Chihuly has drawn onto a key woodblock. The area of the woodblock not covered by the drawing is then cut away. The relief, or raised area of the woodblock, is inked with a brayer (a small hand roller) and transferred to archival paper by passing it through the press. A five-color woodcut print is achieved by having a separate woodblock for each color applied. In addition to the artist’s marks, the grain of the wood is often picked up by the ink, creating another layer of texture.
Intaglio prints are created in many different ways, including “biting” (with acid), cutting, or incising (carving) into a metal plate to transfer Chihuly’s drawing to it, using techniques with names such as aquatint, spit bite, white ground, and sugar lift. After further preparation by the master printmaker, the plates are inked and then pulled through the press, transferring the drawing to archival paper. Often various platemaking methods are combined in one composition, creating prints that are both ambitious and complex.
Shipping and handling within the United States and Canada is $125 unframed and $150 framed. Shipping will be added automatically during the checkout process. Each print is shipped via overnight air with signature required. Within 2 business days, you will be contacted to schedule an arrival date before shipping.
International shipping to Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom is $225 unframed and $250 framed. For shipping assistance to a country not listed, please call toll-free at 800.574.7272 or email us. Customer service is available Monday through Friday from 8:30AM–4:30PM PST.
International shipping rates do not include any taxes, duties, or fees that may be due upon delivery. All additional fees are responsibility of the buyer. Customs charges and other applicable fees are determined by the receiving country. Chihuly Studio has no control over these fees and charges, nor can we advise what the final cost may be. In the event the item(s) are shipped as you requested, and you choose not to accept delivery and/or pay the receiving country’s customs charges and applicable fees, the item(s) will be returned to Chihuly Studio at your expense.
Framed prints are wrapped in large bubble wrap and packaged in a thick custom cardboard box (48 x 37 x 4") with additional bubble wrap on all sides and a foam noodle at the bottom to provide stability in transit.
Unframed prints are wrapped in glassine and silicone release paper and secured between two layers of thick cardboard (48 x 37 x 1") to ensure stability in transit.
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“Drawing is a fluid process, as glassblowing is a fluid process.”