ART RESTORATION

Art Restoration

 

Like all antiquities and collectibles, fine art is an investment. Occasionally due to the ravages of time or disaster, art needs to be restored. Save that precious piece before it is too late. Your investment in beauty is worth it, because art is not only beautiful, it represents the zeitgeist of its time.

 

I know about and care deeply about the correct restoration of your art. My process includes ascertaining the cause of the deterioration, taking appropriate steps to stop further deterioration whenever possible, and finally the accurate restoration of any damage that may have occurred. Maintaining the originality and historical authenticity of each piece is the heart of each restoration.

Woman in Pink

 
Inge Blomquist

Painted in 1958 using some of the early acrylics that were not as archival as they are today. Another problem is that the paint had a strange concrete like texture, as though the paint had been mixed with some sort of abrasive powder. This painting was crumbling to dust, and falling off of the canvas. Large sections had fallen away, and a former restoration had been done, very poorly.

 

My job was to not only restore the damage, but to find a way to preserve it from getting any worse. This required removing the canvas from the stretchers, and mounting the canvas onto a solid board. This reduced the movement that was contributing to the crumbling. I then had to remove the worst of the previous restoration, and finally isolate and in-paint the missing areas.

 

Great study had to be done to understand the artists brush techniques, and to match all of the colours precisely.

 

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Completed Restoration

The Conductor

 

John Havé

When this cubist painting was brought to me, it came with a story: The woman who owned this painting was from Denmark. The artist who was also Danish, had been infatuated with her, but she was married. He had always wanted to paint her portrait, but she never sat for him. She did eventually buy 3 of his paintings. The artist committed suicide in 1973. This painting now means the world to her.

 

Completed in 1971, this painting was bubbling and peeling very badly. It was also painted using an early form of acrylic paint, which does not hold up to time very well. I spent a couple of months studying the situation before even beginning the work.

 

The worst of the problem seemed to be the technique the artist had used from the beginning. He had seemingly textured the Masonite backboard with plaster-of-Paris before beginning the work. The plaster was now crumbling leaving nothing behind the paint. The result was paint that was blistering and peeling in long curls

 

By injecting PH balanced adhesives behind the paint, and isolation and in-painting techniques where the paint was missing, The final work was completed, and a very happy client thanked me profusely.  She wanted to ensure that she could enjoy this painting for the rest of her life.

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Completed Restoration
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