Why Conservation?

Oil paintings are at great risk from damage by water, fire, vandalism, central heating, damp storage, removal, auction and the normal ageing process.

This section enables you to see before, during and after a painting has entered the conservation system. The transformation can be remarkable. At the studio we work on paintings from the 16th century to the present day.

As you progress through the illustrated paintings you will see why conservation is so important using modern global friendly techniques.

Cleaning, Conservation, Restoration
All three phases are important; Conservation is generally considered to be 80%
of the overall work undertaken with cleaning and brush restoration 20%.

At the studio we estimate the age and origin of the painting to determine the type
of canvas support required and the temperature under vacuum later in the process.


Our modern system eliminates the massive shrinkage problem created
by the old glue and iron liners, our low pressure low temperature process
saves the surface and impasto the glue and wax liners can sometimes destroy.

Cleaning off the old varnish, atmospheric pollution or over paint
is the first job if the paint is not flaking from the canvas.


During conservation, matching canvas is cut into badly damaged
paintings and stopper is used on small areas of damage.

After sealing the stopper, brush restoration and colour matching continues.
When the restoration is dry a final varnish is applied.

Cleaning and Framing. ‘Brood Mares’ before and after.

Cleaning, Conservation and Restoration. ‘Breton Maid in a Strawberry Field at Sunset’ before and after.


Before,during & after engraving & frame restoration.


Before & after restoration.

Restoration of fire damaged frame – before and after.