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Oil Painting Restoration and Conservation by Mark Churms

Apart from being an artist of merit, Mark Churms has also specialized in restoring old paintings since the early 1990's. Old or antique paintings, artwork with holes, or rips, dull / dirty or stained varnish, can be brought back to life through a variety of picture restoration techniques. By employing the services of Mark Churms you will also have the palette of an expert artist to accurately color match any repairs and even re-paint missing entire pieces of your painting. As a skilled historical and military artist Mark adds historical detail to his restoration skills (which is important when large areas are in need of touching up or if completely missing sections are to be filled in with accurate detail).

Restoring each painting is a unique process. There are a wide variety of mediums, varnishes, canvases, boards and other surfaces on which paintings have been created. Environmental conditions, handling, age and quality of the original pigments can affect the way painting surfaces may have deteriorated, requiring different restoration techniques to be applied. Some paintings will need lengthy cleaning, re backing, mold treatments, stripping off and reapplying new varnish. Others may need holes filled, entire areas re-painted or simply cleaned; some may need all of the above! The good news is that even the worst looking painting (rolled up, cracked, dirty, stained and faded, even with entire pieces missing) can often be restored to a beautiful finish and original vibrant colors!

Paintings can be restored to your tastes with either permanent fixes or conservation repairs that are hidden yet reversible. We will document the process to show the various stages of the restoration of your painting and produce a text and photographic report which will indicate the techniques and materials used in the restoration process (Some damaged picture frames can also be restored or if too badly damaged can be suitably replaced).

If you are inteterested in having a painting that you own restored please email us photographs (showing front, back and sides, along with close-ups of any obvious damage), indicate the dimensions of the painting (and or frame) and approximate retail value and we will email a no-obligation-quote for various levels of conservation that may be appropriate.

Below are just some examples of modern and antique oil paintings Mark Churms has restored….

ANTIQUE MILITARY OIL PAINTINGS: (condition: received rolled , cracked, stained, general aging and minor damage)
Waterloo Battlefield Panorama - Preliminary Study by Demoulin c.1904 - click me! Waterloo Battlefield Panorama - Preliminary Study by Demoulin c.1904 - click me! Waterloo Battlefield Panorama - Preliminary Study by Demoulin c.1904 - click me!
Waterloo Battlefield Panorama, Belgium - Sketch Panel
(prior to painting restoration)
23.5" x 24" oil on linen
another sketch panel repaired and restretched
23.5" x 60" oil on linen
(note blank area indicates 3d terrain on actual panorama)
another sketch panel repaired and restretched
23.5" x 60" oil on linen
six antique panels retored in total


US MILITARY OIL PAINTING:
(condition: received rolled , creased, stained, dirty and some holes)
USS O'BRIEN DD-975 - click me! USS O'BRIEN DD-975 - click me! USS O'BRIEN DD-975 - click me! USS O'BRIEN DD-975 - click me!
oil on canvas (received rolled)

detail
(dirty/creased with hole in canvas )
restored etail
(shown prior to re-stretching and framing)
restored
(shown prior to re-stretching and framing)

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Apart from being an artist of merit, Mark Churms has also specialized in restoring old paintings since the early 1990s. Old or antique paintings, artwork with holes, or rips, dull / dirty or stained varnish can be brought back to life through picture restoration techniques. By employing the services of Mark Churms you will also have the palette of an expert artist to accurately color match any repairs and even re-paint missing entire pieces of your painting. As a skilled historical and military artist Mark adds historical detail to his restoration skills (which is important when large areas are in need of touching up or completely missing sections filled in with accurate detail).

Restoring each painting is a unique process. There are a wide variety of mediums, varnishes, canvases, boards and other surfaces on which paintings have been created. Environmental conditions, handling, age and quality of the original pigments can affect the way painting surfaces may have deteriorated, requiring different restoration techniques to be applied. Some paintings will need lengthy cleaning, re backing, mold treatments, stripping off and reapplying new varnish. Others may need holes filled, entire areas re-painted or simply cleaned; some may need all of the above! The good news is that even the worst looking painting (rolled up, cracked, dirty, stained and faded, even with entire pieces missing) can often be restored to a beautiful finish and original vibrant colors!

Paintings can be restored to your tastes with either permanent fixes or conservation repairs that are hidden yet reversible. We will document the process to show the various stages of the restoration of your painting and produce a text and photographic report which will indicate the techniques and materials used in the restoration process.
If you are inteterested in having a painting you own restored please email us photographs of front and back and sides and indicate the dimensions of the painting, and approximate value and we will email a no-obligation-quote for various levels of conservation that may be appropriate.