Fine Art Restoration

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Melissa Guest, Paintings Conservator and Restorer has over 40 years experience in the restoration and conservation of easel paintings.

Her services include the conservation of all works in oils and acrylics, murals, and the consolidation and conservation of aboriginal paintings and artifacts in ochres.

She is always pleased to advise on the condition and care of your artwork, preventative treatment, and conservation and restoration where required.

If you have a cherished family heirloom, an important investment piece, or just an artwork that means a lot to you personally, please feel free to call, email or visit our gallery in Osborne Park for a free no obligation quote.

We suggest that for restoration you call ahead, as Melissa works from her private studio most weekdays and is usually only in Osborne Park one day a week.

All conservation and restoration is carried out to museum standards.

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Examples of our work

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Painting Care

Be aware of where you hang your artwork. Paintings of all mediums should never be hung in direct sunlight. UV rays can fade watercolours, cause cracking in works of canvas and board, and severe deterioration of works on silk and fabric will occur.

Avoid, if possible, hanging fragile works on outside walls where some damp or warming of walls may occur. An environment that is subject to extremes of damp (bathrooms or kitchens) or extreme fluctuations of temperature will be detrimental to paintings.

Oil or acrylic works should have a protective varnish. This provides a barrier to ensure that surface dirt and insect droppings do not penetrate the paint layer making cleaning difficult if not impossible. A feather duster used lightly over the face will remove any dust particles.

Following a simple checklist approximately every twelve months will ensure paintings are kept in a safe and stable condition:

1. Is the wall fixing firm and able to take the weight of the work?
2. Are the hangers and wire firm and in good order?
3. Are there any signs of insects, staining or mould on the reverse?
4.Works on paper/fabric: Are there any signs of insects or staining/foxing on either the mat or the work?
5. Oil/acrylic paintings: In a raking light, check there is no sign of lifting paint or interference to the paint layer. Is the surface clean of dirt and insect droppings?
6. The support canvas/board should be taut with no signs of buckling or sagging.

Should your painting show signs of any of the above it should be taken to a reputable framer or conservator for advice and treatment.

If in doubt, contact us. Advice costs nothing and with a little care and vigilance paintings should last through many generations and give pleasure for years to come.

 

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