Role of an Accredited Art Restorer

An art collection makes a magnificent investment, whether financially or as an inheritance for future generations.

An art collection makes a magnificent investment, whether financially or as an inheritance for future generations. Like all great investments, however, art must be carefully nurtured to retain its value and splendour. It's a universal truth that art that dates back to prior centuries will eventually start to show signs of wear and tear. When this occurs, the services of an accredited art restorer become indispensable.

Artwork restoration in London is a speciality of Simon Gillespie. Our gallery hosts a talented team of accredited art restorers with years of experience in restoring paintings to their former glory. Whether managing flaking paint on a canvas, cleaning up stains or repairing a tear in a canvas, damage to artwork can be reversed by those with the necessary skills and experience.

One of the cornerstone duties of artwork restoration, in London or anywhere else around the globe, is cleaning. Varnish, cigarette smoke, dust, fingerprints and even the growth and spread of mould can be the bane of any painting. An accredited art restorer will ensure that the canvas is cleaned meticulously and appropriately. In doing so, issues that arose from any previous cleaning will also be addressed. 

The truly time-consuming work of an accredited art restorer is reviving the colour palette of a painting. This is a painstaking process that must only be attempted by trained professionals. Accredited art restorers study for several years to master this skill, and use materials that can be removed once more for future cleaning or artwork restoration if requested.

An accredited art restorer will not simply reapply paint to a canvas. The artwork will remain entirely as it was when presented, minus any imperfections that necessitated artwork restoration. Retouching is only applied where necessary, and an accredited art restorer will have the skill and attention to detail required to flawlessly match the brushstrokes of the original artist. Nobody, including a professional art critic, will be able to notice the work of an accredited art restorer.

Artwork restoration in London can also revolve around damage to the canvas. An accredited art restorer will tackle this concern. Oftentimes, this will involve relining the canvas. If necessary, an accredited art restorer can also stretch a canvas. This is a delicate process, however, and typically reserved for situations where no other solution is available.

If you're wondering if you need the services of an accredited art restorer, the answer is likely yes. If you are pondering this conundrum, it suggests that you have begun to notice imperfections appearing in a piece of art. These issues should never be resolved by an amateur. Artwork restoration is a complex task, and accredited art restorers have undertaken years of dedicated training to master their technique. This education will be paired with an unsurpassed passion and knowledge of art to ensure that the service provided is exemplary.

If you require art restoration in London, please visit Simon Gillespie. Our team of accredited art restorers would be delighted to assess your collection and provide the necessary advice to restore it to full health – protecting your investment in the process.