Painting Restoration: What and Who?

Art is a wide, wonderful and sometimes weird world, from expressionist masterpieces to stunningly accurate still life paintings; there is a plethora of different avenues and ginnels to explore. The longevity of a piece of art can vary wildly, and while a great deal of how long it lasts can be down to how it’s stored, sometimes there can be a desperate need for restoration, through no fault of the artist or the owner.

What is Painting Restoration?

Painting restoration varies in degrees of both necessity and sheer amount of work that needs to be conducted. Once the paint has dried, your art is going to require a ‘touch-up’ at some juncture; it could be long into the future, it could be a couple of years. Not only that, dirt and dust are gatherers and like to find their way onto your most treasured possessions. Regardless of the effort undertaken by the owner – it will be an undeterminable amount of time – but your painting will require restoring if you want to return it to its former glory.

Painting restoration can also refer to their frames, such as our expert team of antique frame restorers, and can even mean physically damaged paintings. These could be flaking naturally or have experienced some level of impact which renders their visage less effective than it has been formally.

The worn leather chair (Errol’s chair) – Stephen Rose

Who Should I Conscribe?

For many, it can be a serious decision to consider, almost as if your treasured art is to go through some serious surgery – and in a way, it is. It is important to make sure you are comfortable with the procedure and that you trust the ‘doctor’ in charge of your painting’s procedure. In the same way you may look up what your surgery will entail, it’s important to do your research. Even for your own peace of mind, it is sensible to be aware of what your painting requires. If you ask the restorer what restoration work it will entail and even ask for examples of their former restorations, you can help to alleviate any doubt that they are the person for the job.

When it comes to your art, we’re sure you’ll agree that compromises cannot, and should not, be made. Regardless of physical value, each painting is priceless in their own way, capturing a specific point in that particular artist’s life and presenting certain degrees of zeitgeist; each open to their interpretation. So, if you would like to boost your own collection or even speak to one of our team of passionate artists, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us on 0207 409 7136, where we are always eager to help.

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