Where more serious damage has been sustained to oil paintings, through flood, fire or accidental damage, conservation methods are used to clean and stabilise the affected areas to prevent any further deterioration. Canvas damage restoration and re-lining work is carried out to regain the necessary structural support throughout the oil painting restoration process.
All retouching work is done within the varnish layer, using pure powdered pigments. The retouchings are built up as the varnish is, and the paint medium used in the restoration is therefore the same varnish as the one coating the finished picture. This enables the added material to be easily removed if required in the future, a basic principle of modern conservation.
When retouching paint, our aim is always to disguise if possible rather than cover over, using the minimum touches of paint, and the fewest number of pigments in the mix. We use top quality varnishes to protect the work.