Pair of original decalcomania artworks by Victor Kelly (deceased) titled : "Red Landscapes". Signed 'VK' in lower right corner and upper left corner. Measures 19cm x 23cm with frame. in good condition. Attached handwritten label (on the reverse); Decalcomania Red Landscapes, V Kelly 1991, (you can search more about the artist online). Materials: Oil and decalcomania on panel, painted in 1991,signed and dated 1991 on verso, Victor Kelly, 20th century British. In good condition.
Decalcomania (from French: décalcomanie) is a decorative technique by which engravings and prints may be transferred to pottery or other materials. Decalcomania 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 François Ravenet, an engraver from France who later moved to England and perfected the process, which he called "décalquer". Earlier in the 20th century, before surrealists like Max Ernst discovered the magical effects of decalcomania other artists from as early as the 1500’s had tested its possibilities. At its core, decalcomania begins as a type of transfer or monoprint. The artist spreads his pigment over a surface then presses paper, stone, or canvas on to it. The resulting textures can resemble the effects of a frosted window pain.
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