SANDRA AINSLEY GALLERY PRESENTS CHIHULY, AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY WORLD-RENOWNED ARTIST DALE CHIHULY
Public Exhibition Opens October 22nd
(Toronto, Ontario) September 18 - Sandra Ainsley Gallery is honoured to present CHIHULY, an exhibition by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. CHIHULY, which marks the gallery’s seventh exhibition with the artist, will be on view at the gallery and online October 22nd through January 24th.
CHIHULY will feature a selection of work that represents the breadth of the artist’s career in the thirty years since he met Sandra Ainsley, including Aquamarine Icicle Chandelier and Sea Green and Yellow Persian Installation, two new works created specifically for the Sandra Ainsley Gallery. For the first time in Canada, CHIHULY will exhibit his Light Drawings—vibrant compositions on acrylic panels which are intensified by interior illumination.
This carefully curated exhibition will present pieces from the artist’s best-known series such as Baskets, which Chihuly started in 1977 as an experiment testing fire, gravity and centrifugal force; Chandeliers, reflective sculptures designed to mass and control colour on a grand scale; Persians, featured in many of Chihuly’s most dramatic and well-known installations; and Ikebana, assemblages of long stemmed flowers and leaves of glass set within large-scale vessels.
Works from some of Chihuly’s most technically challenging series will also be included such as Jerusalem Cylinders, vessels adorned with large glass crystals which Chihuly created for his landmark exhibition Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000, and Rotolo, dense coils of glass fused to a solid base that Chihuly developed in 2013.
CHIHULY will bring the viewer into the artist’s process and personal reflection through his Drawings (Works on Paper), Light Drawings, and the rarely shown Pilchuck Stumps. Drawings open a small window into the artistic process as Chihuly expresses his creative ideas on paper; Light Drawings are a reflection of Chihuly’s travels through Europe as a young man who marvelled at the beauty of stained-glass windows and the power of natural light moving through them; and Pilchuck Stumps, glass vessels that were blown into wood and bark molds in 1992 and named for the Pilchuck Glass School which Chihuly co-founded in 1971.
Dale Chihuly, Golden Celadon Basket with Drawing Shard, 2017 18H x 17W x 15D'' Blown Glass
Dale Chihuly, Ikebana Light Drawing, 2019 42H x 32W" Acrylic Paint on Plexi Glass with LED Lights
Sandra Ainsley Gallery is the only art gallery in Canada to represent Chihuly’s work. Visit sandraainsleygallery.com for the complete virtual exhibition.
To schedule an opening day appointment or private viewing please contact Sandra Ainsley Gallery at 416-214-9490.