Conservation Of Fine Art

As Art Conservators we preserve history.

As art conservators, we understand the obligations and responsibilities that we have in order to preserve history through art and we do so professionally and in accordance with the International Conservation Code of Ethics. In our establishment we will make every effort to address all the concerns you might have regarding the conservation of art, including costs, and guide you when making a decision that will prolong the life of your heirlooms.

Tear or Puncture Repair

There are two methods of repairing a torn or punctured oil painting on canvas. The damaged area of the painting can be patched with a small piece of canvas or the entire painting can be lined onto a new supporting canvas. Several factors should be considered to determine when patching may be a good choice for repairing a damaged oil painting and when a full lining of the entire canvas should be considered instead. Deciding which of the two treatments will best restore your piece depends on the size of the tear and the overall condition of the painting. A conservator will be able to go over the options with you when making the decision free of cost.

Cleaning

Surface cleaning involves the use of cleaning agents to remove surface dirt that has accumulated on the picture layer over a period of time. With initial testing, and according to the nature of the dirt to be removed on the surface of a painting, the surface can be treated either by “dry cleaning” or by “wet cleaning”. When dry cleaning a painting, the dirt is removed mechanically by abrasion using specific erasers. During the wet cleaning process, water and conservation liquid cleaning agents are used to remove the accumulated dirt particles. Both cleaning tactics are safe and unharmful when performed by a conservator; allowing for a better enjoyment of a painting.

Relining or Stretching

The purpose of stretching a canvas is to preserve it and prepare it for framing. Depending upon the size of the canvas, there are different sizes of wood stretcher bars to take into consideration that are best suited for the canvas being stretched; especially if it is been relined. Cross bars are also used to prevent canvases being stretched from developing an hourglass shape. All stretcher bars are made of real wood as are the conservation grade tools used during the process.

Over 45 years of experience

With over forty years experience, and while working with public institutions and galleries both in Canada and in Greece, we have obtained a deep knowledge and understanding of Art History and we treat all art with respect and care. We specialize in the conservation of fine art and objects.