Layers of color, light, and glass
Glass on Glass articulates Chihuly’s mastery of the transmission of light through transparent media. Comprising glass panels that are painted with vitreous-glass enamel, then layered atop one another to create a single unified vision, Glass on Glass invites interaction, revealing the surface of each distinct layer and the composition’s depth as the viewer changes position.
Glass on Glass is an expression of Chihuly’s current art-making practice and the culmination of more than fifty years of experiments in light, space, and form. The illuminated enamel paintings on glass mark an evolution for the artist, yet the series conveys a dynamic akin to Chihuly’s blown glass works and imparts a multidimensional experience like others for which his work has become known.
SEE THE PROCESS
Chihuly’s newest series
Glass on Glass premiered in early 2017: privately at the Chihuly Sanctuary, part of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska; and publicly at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Reinterpreting an ancient art form
Painting with vitreous enamels is an age-old art form going back a thousand years. Some of the first examples of painting on glass can be seen in objects from the Roman Empire. Chihuly is excited to explore modern themes using this traditional technique.
“I call the series Glass on Glass. When lit these pieces come to life as multi-dimensional paintings in color, light, and glass.”