WHY YOUR ARTWORK COULD BE AT RISK
If your artwork is not treated and framed correctly, it can deteriorate, fade, discolour, stain and as a result, lose value. Correct conservation techniques and restorative practice will ensure your art/sentimental piece will endure.
Paintings that have tears or punctures can be repaired. It does not matter to us if the painting was done by a famous artist, or a family member or friend. Every piece is treated with professional care and methods.
Treatments can vary from a light surface cleaning and re-varnishing to a full re-lining. Many paintings have been painted on low quality canvas, muslin, or some other kind of fabric that is deteriorating as it ages. These can be re-lined onto new canvas so they will last far into the future. Areas of paint loss can be filled and touched up once the painting has been cleaned. Once the touch up has been completed, a new protective coat of varnish is applied. Not only does this coat of varnish protect the surface of the painting, but it also saturates the paint and brings the colors to life.
Gallery 360 work with the most highly trained professionals around Australia and internationally, in this delicate field. Our conservators consider the type of materials used, the paint pigment, type of ink used, the paper quality and how these contribute to the welfare of the work.
We recommend regular inspection of your artworks to ensure their sentimental or monetary value is not lost.
- Remove your framed artwork from the wall and look for the following:
- Are there any marks or discolouration on the artwork?
- Are any of the colours fading?
- Does the inner edge of the mount board (the coloured panel just inside the frame) appear a creamy yellow or brown?
- Does the artwork have yellow or brown staining where it meets the edge of the mount?
- Does the surface of the mount show spots of discolouration?
- Is the glass unclean from the inside?
- Is the frame showing signs of becoming insecure (coming apart at the corners, etc)?
- Look at the back of the frames to check these indicators:
- Is the backing material made from a wood product such as MDF or Masonite?
- Is there any visible discolouration or staining?
- Is the tape starting to lift away from the back of the frame?
- Is the hanger or cord becoming loose?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then your artwork is showing signs of deterioration. Do not despair – water damage, dirt, torn canvas and stains are just some of the problems our restorers can rectify.
Paper documents, maps, watercolour art and antique prints can be repaired, minimising the ravages of time and the use of poor quality framing materials in the past. Tears, folds, some insect damage, light damage, acid burns from wood pulp mats, and foxing can all be addressed and most often restored.
Fabrics, textiles and garments that have been damaged can often be repaired with gentle handling and care. Do you have a family heirloom like a christening gown or the gloves worn at your grandmother’s wedding that needs repair or needs a frame for display? We can suggest the proper treatment for cleaning, any repairs, and display.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Bring your artwork to Gallery 360 and we will provide a detailed report on what is currently affecting the artwork, what work is necessary and provide a quote for one of our professional and accredited restorers to fully restore your artwork to conservation standards.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
We usually require approximately one week inspecting the artwork and framing materials properly, prepare a report and quote for you.
The restoration process is dependent upon the scale of work involved. As a guide, restoration takes between 2 – 4 weeks. However for some pieces, restoration can take up to 2 – 3 months.
If you are unsure of the state of your artwork, visit our Gallery and we are happy to look at your item and provide advice.