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Murrine Glass painting by Loren Stump

Madonna of the Rocks. Murrine painting by Loren Stump

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

Murrine Glass painting by Loren Stump, American self-taught artist, is a real masterpiece. Loren makes his paintings in the technique called “Murrine”. Invented 4,000 years ago in the Middle East, and later virtually forgotten, the technique was revived by Venetian glass-makers. First the artist makes colorful glass rods, and later imposes 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, which he uses, for example, for making a beautiful pendant.
Meanwhile, 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

Set of works titled “Madonna after pull”. Murrine painting by American self-taught artist Loren Stump

Born in Sacramento, California, Loren Stump began his career as a stained glass artist when he mastered advanced shaded murrine, intricate sculpture, and paperweight encasement. In fact, his innovative technique – the manipulation of a two dimensional murrine slice into a three dimensional form. Incredible artwork by California based artist Loren Stump exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass, The Ertz Israel Museum, and the Kyokei Fujita Glass Museum.

Murrine Glass painting by Loren Stump

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