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Works on Paper

Works on Paper

Chandelier Drawing, 2015, 60 x 40"  Inquire

Quintessential Chihuly

For Chihuly, drawing is every bit as natural as glassblowing. Chihuly works with acrylic paints, watercolors, ink, pencil, charcoal, graphite—even fire—to express his ideas with energy and exuberance. They range from light and ethereal to bold and colorful. Some relate to Chihuly’s glass sculptures, others are an experience all their own.

Basket Drawing, 2014 by Dale Chihuly

Basket Drawing, 2014, 42 x 30"

Reed Drawing, 2014, by Dale Chihuly

Reed Drawing, 2014, 60 x 40"

Basket Drawing, 2013 by Dale Chihuly

Basket Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22"

Float Drawing, 2013 by Dale Chihuly

Float Drawing, 2013, 42 x 30"

Navajo Blanket Cylinder Drawing, 1995 by Dale Chihuly

Navajo Blanket Cylinder Drawing, 1995, 42 x 30"

Ikebana Drawing, 2013 by Dale Chihuly

Ikebana Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22"

Venetian Drawing, 1990 by Dale Chihuly

Venetian Drawing, 1990, 30 x 22"

Basket Drawing, 2009 by Dale Chihuly

Basket Drawing, 2009, 30 x 22"


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Dale Chihuly painting on the Boathouse deck, Seattle, 1993

Freedom of expression

Chihuly’s Works on Paper allow him to explore his grandest schemes. He often draws while standing, allowing him to express ideas more freely and physically. Chihuly says, “Drawing is a fluid process, as glassblowing is a fluid process.”

Student drawing by Dale Chihuly at University of Washington, Seattle, 1965

A student of interior design

Drawing has been a natural part of Chihuly’s vocabulary since his days as an interior design student at University of Washington, where he was trained to make meticulous pencil-and-wash renderings.

“Most of the drawings are quite spontaneous. I don’t do much with preconceived ideas. In the course of a day of blowing glass, I might do 15 or 20 drawings.”


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