ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary says his artwork, now on display at the Anchorage Museum, is heavily influenced by his heritage. His pieces are filled with bright colors and precise etchings, with a nod to both ancient stories and modern art.
Singletary points to a "fourth dimension" in his work when he talks about how the light reacts on his art. Small pieces took up to 50 hours to create while larger ones took hundreds of hours.
“In a lot of ways the glass is fragile, but it’s strong. It has potential for living well beyond my lifetime.” Singletary said, “Egyptian glass goes back 2,000 years and beyond, so it has the potential to last a long time.”
Singletary, an artist based in Washington state, now has his first show, "Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire and Shadows," at the museum.
Singletary’s family lived in Alaska until the 1920s when his great-grandmother, a widow, left the state with her four children.