Being offered is a beautiful 4 pound sculpture/paperweight of vivid color and reef life encased in clear glass. As noted on the International Paperweight Society website. An avid scuba diver, Heilman creates undersea scenes with an amazing sense of dimension.
He does this by placing compound vertical layers of glass in front of each other. In each scene, Heilman creates a tapestry of color that includes tropical fish, squid and jellyfish swimming amidst brilliant sea fans, bright sponges and dazzling coral colonies. Bright yellows, oranges and pinks combine with amethyst and turquoise to form a truly spectacular display. One of the most exciting aspects of these works is seen in the innovative use of the crystal encasing each scene. While the glass is in a molten state, Heilman presses a brass mold with a coral relief into it.
This produces the marvelous shimmering background behind each scene. The crystal exterior of these pieces possesses a loose, fluid quality that enhances the undersea depiction. Heilman began to exhibit his glasswork in 1979.
His pieces can be viewed in The Portland Museum of Art in Maine and The Museum of American Glass in New Jersey. His work has been presented to a string of famous personalities, including Jacques Cousteau, the famed marine biologist. This really is a beautiful piece! Dimensions of 5.5" W X 3.75" H X 3.5 deep. Signed, dated, and titled across outside bottom edge: Chris Heilman 1995.The two dots you see at the bottom of the sixth picture are the protective pads showing through the glass from the bottom of the piece. The item "Chris Heilman MOORISH IDOL 1995 Signed Paperweight Sculpture w Coral Reef, Fish" is in sale since Sunday, February 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Paperweights\Contemporary". The seller is "stefani7" and is located in Hollywood, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.