"I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they've never experienced." -CHIHULY
Not only is his work unearthly beautiful but his path has been a struggle filled with pain - from losing his eye in a car accident when he was quite young to battling depression and maneuvering a bi-polar lifestyle quite successfully. It is said "Chihuly's ideas are big ones, often stretching the limits of his chosen media. He loves a good challenge."
His began his career with weaving. During a weaving class at University of Washington, he first incorporated glass shards into woven tapestries in 1963. Chihuly is not bound by the limitations of any one medium. A natural innovator, he continuously experiments with media and new ways to explore ideas and realize his vision. Over the years, Dale's unique methods have allowed him to create artwork in unexpected and unconventional ways. This is perhaps what I admire most about him and he has inspired me for years to reach further in so many ways.
Dale has been fascinated by neon his entire life and finally achieved success in collaborating with James Carpenter and incorporated neon into his organically shaped glass forms in the early 70's.