For forty years Narcissus Quagliata has pursued a personal and intense vision and at the same time has invented many of the actual techniques needed to bring his vision to life.
His fundamental approach has stayed the same, a profound curiosity about the medium.
His exploration of the material over 40 years can be roughly divided in four periods.
THE POETRY OF THE LEADLINE, THE PURITY OF ANTIQUE GLASS
The lead is taken out of its traditional functional role and becomes an expressive element of the composition.
The glass is used unpainted and untreated revealing its own intrinsic beauty.
MERGING GLASSBLOWING AND STAINED GLASS
The art of the glassblower is explored and put to use in his stained glass panels.
PAINTING WITH LIGHT- FUSING
With the introduction of the new technologies in glass fusing, Narcissus Quagliata reinvents the glass panel as a painting, spontaneous and free.
He develops new attitudes and methods to rethink what can be done with glass using the kiln.
DISCOVERING ENAMELS, AND THE JOURNEY INTO 3-D IMAGERY
The latest development in Narcissus Quagliata's explorations in techniques is his use of enamels on industrial glass.
Layering the painted glass panels in front of each other, Narcissus obtains a very unique 3-D effect that is reminiscent of a holographic image.