Linda Murray

Linda Murray

When: August 22nd at 12:00noon
Where: SpinOff Studio, 184 Water St. Hallowell
Cost: FREE! but dont forget your lunch.

On July 25th at noon SpinOff Studio in collaboration with The Harlow Gallery will be hosting Lunch with an Artist. August’s Lunch will be Linda Murray. Lunch with an Artist is a free event open to the public and a great chance to take a break and network with fellow artists.


The term Decalcomania, derives from the French décalcomanie, a decorative technique by which engravings and prints may be transferred to pottery or other materials. It was invented in England about 1750 and imported into the United States at least as early as 1865. Its invention has been attributed to Simon Francois Ravenet, an engraver from France who later moved to England and perfected the process he called “decalquer” (which means to copy by tracing). The first known use of the French term decalcomanie, in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Eleanor’s Victory (1863), was soon followed by the English decalcomania in an 1865 trade show catalog (The Tenth Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association); it was popularized during the ceramic transfer craze of the mid-1870s.

Untitled 5 x 5

In 1936, the surrealist painter, Oscar Dominguez, began using this term in describing his work, which was created with no preconceived idea. He used gouache spread thinly on a sheet of paper, cellophane or glass, which is then pressed onto another surface such as a canvas or another piece of paper. Dominguez originally used black gouache as his pigment, though colors later made their appearance. Other surrealist artists who employed this technique are Max Ernst, Hans Bellmer and Remedios Varo (to name a few).1
Today Decalcomania has experienced a resurgence among artists. In 2003, Linda Murray began using this technique by laying down watercolor pigment on wet paper and then pressing plastic wrap onto the surface and letting it dry. The image is developed further once the plastic material is removed. She has developed this process in creating trees, abstract images, flowers and landscapes. Murray now teaches classes in this technique at the Merrymeeting Adult Educational System, at the Highlands Senior Community both in Topsham, Maine and privately in her studio in Bath, Maine. She has also worked with students at Brunswick High School as an artists in residence teaching this technique and the history of the process when the students were studying surrealism.

Please Join SpinOff Studio, The Harlow Gallery for lunch with Linda Murray and the oppurtunity to learn more about her process and the history of Decolcomania. Lunch with an Artist happens every fourth Wednesday of the month. For July 25th Lunch with an Artist will take place at the Harlow Gallery noon to 1:00pm. You can bring your lunch or stop by Slates Bakery or Boynton’s across the street.


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