We work with experienced painting restorers and conservators to restore and clean antique and modern paintings on panel, board, canvas and linen. This may involve removing old varnishes, surface cleaning, lining the canvas onto new canvas or linen, re-stretching the canvas onto a new or existing strainer, restoration of paint loss or damage and re-varnishing. Re-fitting into existing frames or new framing can then be undertaken.
Painting conservators case study notes with original progress record photos.
This painting "Hedges and Ditches" by British artist Michael Ayrton (1921-1975). It was purchased in the 1960's from a Cork Street Gallery.
It’s unclear as to how it got into this condition when received into the studio, however, it is clear the painting has had a hard life and was in dire need of some care and attention.
Aside from the breaks and tears it had an unstable paint layer delaminating from the canvas support.
Our first job was to take multiple photographs of the painting. We do this with all paintings not just for our records but also to ensure the client has a full report of everything we do.
The painting was initially cleaned to remove surface dirt and airborne deposits and then further cleaned, where safe to do so, in order to remove the discoloured varnish.
Our in-house picture liner made a series of inserts where the canvas was missing using a canvas of identical thickness and weave. The painting was then lined using Beva 371 as an adhesive keeping the original turnover.
After lining and further cleaning the breaks were filled, and where required, textured to match the surrounding area. A thin retouching varnish was applied with a brush.
The retouching was done using powdered pigments suspended in a synthetic medium and when complete the painting received a spray varnish.