I use Gainsborough products, which are designed for use in the restoration of oil paintings. Many are old European museum formulas, carefully compounded with the finest ingredients, manufactured to the original specifications under scrupulous batch by batch control.
This painting is nearly 100 years old, and was extensively damaged- it had a large tear, mildew and dark brown blotches over the whole surface
First of al the painting was carefully cleaned to remove the brown spots and restore the original rich colours. The tear was repaired and the paint re-touched to match style, colour and brush-strokes. The whole painting was then re-varnished.
h5]It’s always a great challenge and very satisfying to bring a painting back to its original state.
The frame can also be re-gilded, or re-touched
Happenstance Gallery invited artists whose work was rejected for the 2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition to submit their work to Salon des Refusés 2013. All submissions were accepted until we ran out of space! (We took 70 pictures in total.) So the exhibition selected itself through a combination of circumstance, opportunity and providence :)
How were the top pictures decided?
Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favourite pictures. Over 900 votes were cast.
This year I have another painting in the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London SE1 as part of their Salon Des Refuses, great consolation for not getting into the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy!
The exhibition was featured last week on The Review Show on BBC 4, along with
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013 and The Hayward Gallery – Alternative guide to the Universe……and my painting appeared on TV (well for about 0.5 of a second, but still….:)
It’s been a busy summer so far!
May 31st to June 3rd I took part in Kfest Music and Art 2013- a festival in Killorglin, with plays, bands and 40 artists stationed around the town in pop-up galleries located in various disused buildings. I was in the old cinema- the Oisin. It was a great event to be part of, with a lot of talent, a lot of different stuff (incl a play in a phone box- max audience size 2 per show), and the unusual angle of getting into buildings that hadn’t be open in years. While I was there in the Oisin, I heard so many people reminising about the times they’d had and the dances they’d been to – there was a dance hall as well as a cinema. The original ticket dispenser is still in place as well as the rack that held the hard gums!
Aside from all that I sold 5 paintings and had a lot of interest in classes, so I was delighted :)