A French painter and sculptor, Aristide Najean learned the art of glass from the greatest master glassmakers in Murano. His pictorial experience, his colors, his sense of light and shade find a sculptural dimension through the glass. Najean creates in his own glass factory – the Cathedral – luminous sculptures, light installations and works of art; unique pieces in which painting and sculpture blend. Overcoming the legacy of Murano tradition, Aristide brought a new artistic impulse to the world of contemporary glass art.
THE ART OF GLASS.
IN THE HEART OF MURANO.
Najean overtakes the venetian tradition of glass making, and seizes at once the exceptionality of this material, kept day and night in a glowing lava. For years, he learns about, rearranges his color palette, tames the glass, by lengthening it, stretching it, blowing it. Asking for its permission and capturing the light, Aristide combines this mineral substance and subdues it to his pictorial researches, his imagination and his poetry, bringing out new original shapes from identical gestures that have gone through centuries.
Fire, sand and poetry
Sea, sand and fire organize Murano`s life. At dawn, the smelt glass calls its completion and seeks the shape that only crystallization will fix. Like a ferryman, the glass artist accompanies the glass from one consistence to another, while infusing poetry, energy, life. Among the loud voices of the workers that cover the perpetual noise of the oven, it is indeed the Glass which holds the final word.