Services we provide

 

Chapman Art Restoration provides art restoration and appraisal services. Art restoration of oil and acrylic paintings and works on paper are done on the premises. Artwork that has been damaged by fire, smoke, vandalism, neglect, and age has been expertly restored. Free estimates are available for these services. More information and pictures are included on our restoration page.


Please call for an appointment or consultation (831) 626-1766.

Chapman Art Restoration

Why Restoration?

Most things “age”, and oil paintings are no different. Over time, the vibrancy and physical condition of a painting may become compromised by many things – the smoke from being hung above wood-burning fireplaces, damage incurred during display or storage, darkening due to the chemical changes of the original protective varnish, and just the slow, progressive deterioration caused by air-born dust. “Restoration” is the general term used to describe a range of processes that can be done to restore and repair an oil painting to its original aesthetic appearance.

Fire and water damage - before, during, and after restoration

Fire and water damage – before, during, and after restoration

Left side soiled / right side cleaned

Left side soiled / right side cleaned

William Adam oil painting. 
Left side uncleaned. Right side partially cleaned.

William Adam oil painting.
Left side uncleaned. Right side partially cleaned.

Image on left - dirty with heavy nicotine.
Image on right - cleaned and re-varnished. Artist's signature now visible.

Image on left – dirty with heavy nicotine.
Image on right – cleaned and re-varnished. Artist’s signature now visible.

The details!


• Cleaning of dirt, smoke, grime, and the accumulated “stuff” that adheres to the surface of an oil painting.

 

• Removal of old varnish. Most oil paintings have had one or more coats of a varnish applied as both a protection for the more delicate painted surfaces as well as for its effect of enhancing colors. Over time, varnish begins to darken. Combined with the accumulation of years of dirt, smoke, and grime, the result is a painting that has become dark, with many details obscured or dimmed.

 

• Repair of holes, scratches, peeling, or other damage to the surface of the painting. Many paintings have been damaged by accidents, vandalism, attempts by untrained persons to “clean” it, and poor storage or display. Holes need to be patched, and “inpainting” needs to be done to match the colors and unify the painting to a near-new condition. In most cases, inpainting can not be detected in the finished work (see Gallery).

 

• Application of new varnish. Similar to the last step when your painting was newly-painted, a varnish is applied to protect your valued art so it is again ready for many more years of display and enjoyment. Most oil paintings have not been painted by Vincent Van Gogh or Claude Monet, but they were painted by an artist whose work has traveled through time. Most paintings are not worth many thousands of dollars, but their value to their owners has increased for many reasons. Each oil painting has its own history and holds a treasured place in the life of a family.

 

• Perhaps your painting shows the likeness of a long-dead ancestor. In many cases, the painting may pre-date photography and represents the only visual link to a part of your family’s past.

 

• While most of us did not take out a second mortgage to purchase our painting, its purchase did represent some hard decisions and expenditure well beyond our day-to-day acquisitions. As such, we wish to maintain our investment.

Albert DeRome oil painting  right side  after cleaning;
left side heavy dirt and nicotine now removed

Albert DeRome oil painting right side after cleaning;
left side heavy dirt and nicotine now removed

RESTORATION SERVICES

 

• Repair holes, tears, and scratches

• Repair water damage

• Removal of smoke and dirt

• Repair of flaking, peeling, cracking, or “bubbling” paint

• Clean painting by removing darkening and/or yellowing varnish

• Repair loose and chipped paint

• Reline canvases that are falling apart

• Remove Creases

• Restretch loose canvas

 

• Inpaint missing or damaged “content” that matches the artist’s original color palette and brush technique

Hole punched thru face and deep scratches
before and after restoration

Hole punched thru face and deep scratches
before and after restoration