Art Restoration & Conservation
Professionals who work in the art restoration and conservation industry must have several key attributes. They must have an eye for detail, a steady hand, and lots of patience. They should love art in all its forms, whether sculpture, fine art, water color canvas paintings, or drawings. That being said, some do have specialties, where they thrive best with restoration of antique books, for example.
They should have an element of creativity to their personality, although restoration and conservation can be very methodical in their execution. The ability to clean, restore, and preserve a variety of art work is key. They may have to work on deadlines, or they may be able to take their time on a job. It all depends on the request.
Art restoration and conservation experts employ many techniques, such as foxing stain removal. They also use tools, such as soft bristle brushes, to do their work.
Specialties may include paintings on both canvas and wood, frescoes, stained glass repair, and frame repair. Some may perform appraisals for private art owners, museum collections, and antique enthusiasts. They may also provide consultations, condition reports, and damage appraisals for insurance claims purposes.
Repair, reconstruction, refinishing, architectural detailing, and even upholstery restoration are additional services that may be offered by such companies. Since security is such a large concern for museum and gallery owners, many companies offer security and environmental control systems for art collections, along with custom crating.
Cleaning picture and images, along with restoring fine art oil paintings and prints, can bring back historic value, enhancing the culture and aesthetics of a piece. From paper sketches to etchings, art restoration professionals can provide an invaluable service to preserve and restore items that are held dear by many.