What You Need to Know About Art Restoration

Art is history. It tells the story of a time, a place, a movement. Art has an infinite number of interpretations, but’s always meant to make you feel. Visual arts evolve with our society, making statements and encapsulating the spirit of a people. Whether it’s from an unknown artist that just paints for leisure or a world-renowned piece everyone instantly recognizes, protecting art as a whole has cultural and historical importance. 

From families looking to preserve your history to museums and art collectors protecting millions of dollars in art, art restoration in Boca Raton is a detailed process. Here’s what you need to know: 

Art Restoration vs. Art Conservation: What’s the Difference? 

Art conservation and art restoration are terms that are often used interchangeably, which is inaccurate. Where art restoration is intended for returning an art piece as close to its former glory as possible, conservation is all about prevention.  

Art conservation in Boca Raton focuses on putting measures in place to prevent damage caused by age and environmental factors. It involves protective framing, varnishing, and other measures that can ensure the art piece remains in pristine condition for as long as possible. 

Art restoration, on the other hand, uses artistic knowledge and skill to address existing damage. This includes water, smoke, and fire damage, as well as dirt and grime that accumulates with age. Art restoration in Boca Raton also repairs nicks and tears caused by mishandling. 

The Art Restoration Process 

The professional art restoration team at Key Largo Framing is experienced in working with various artistic mediums: watercolor, acrylics and oil paintings, lithographs, and more. As knowledgeable art historians and artists, our experts have successfully restored even seriously damaged pieces to their former glory.  

VIEW: Art Restoration Results 

Before any work can be done on any art piece, it must be thoroughly examined to determine the extent of the damage and what results can be reasonably expected. By closely examining physical damage to the canvas and the artwork itself, we develop a step by step plan for your specific restoration project. 

Part of the examination process includes determining if a solvent can be safely used to remove foreign materials. To do so, an art restorer will test a small patch to observe the results. If a solvent is determined to be safe to use, the restoration can begin.  

Tears, nicks, and other damage to the canvas or paper of an art piece must be repaired before we can focus on the actual quality of the piece. Repairs are made from the back of the art piece as this is the best way to conceal repairs. We protect the forward face of the piece during this step with tissue and a gentle adhesive. The canvas material is them repaired using gesso or canvas inserts.  

Once the mending is completed, the art piece is then adhered to a new linen or fiberglass backing as a conservative measure. From there, art restoration uses solvents to remove foreign debris and detailed paint work to revive the artwork itself. The final step is coating with a non-yellowing varnish to extend the life of the piece and prevent a need for later restorative procedures. 

For more information about our art restoration process, contact Key Largo Framing today!