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Murrine Glass painting by Loren Stump

Madonna of the Rocks. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Madonna of the Rocks. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Murrine Glass painting by Loren Stump, American self-taught artist, is a real masterpiece. Loren makes his paintings in the technique called “Murrine”, which was invented 4,000 years ago in the Middle East, and later was virtually forgotten, until it was revived by Venetian glass-makers. First he makes colorful glass rods, which are later imposed one on another, then he melts the entire stack in a special oven, until it turns into a thick glass “sausage”. Cutting off one slice of this “sausage” he gets a little picture that can be used, for example, for making a beautiful pendant. Stained glass artist Loren Stump perfected his Murrine technique over the past 35 years. Now he has more than 40 years experience in glass-art and can create entire portraits and paintings.

Madonna after pull. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Madonna after pull. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Loren Stump was born in Sacramento, California. His career began as a stained glass artist, when he mastered advanced shaded murrine, intricate sculpture, and paperweight encasement. His innovative technique – the manipulation of a two dimensional murrine slice into a three dimensional form. Loren Stump’s incredible artwork has been displayed at the Corning Museum of Glass, The Ertz Israel Museum, and the Kyokei Fujita Glass Museum.

Madonna after pull (detail)

Madonna after pull (detail)

Madonna weight. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Madonna weight. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Madonna's brooches. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Madonna’s brooches. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Angel Pendant. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Crystal. Angel Pendant. Sculpture by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Henry VIII. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Rose. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Sybil weight. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Three masks. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Glass painting by Loren Stump

Walt Whitman & James Joyce. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

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