Texturize and Re-touching areas of loss, chipped, scratched or worn away paint
Consolidation, adhesion, and flattening of flaking, crazing or delicate paint.
Patching holes, tears, cuts or punctures
Flattening dents, warping and sagging of canvas
Re-lining of canvases
Lessening the effects of water damage
Mold and mildew removal
Stabilizing wood panels and canvas stretchers
Toronto Art Restoration restores all types of sculptures including painted or natural plaster, wood, stone or metal; indoor or out; large-scale or small.
Cleaning and mold reduction
Re-touching areas of chipped or worn away paint
Filling/ re-sculpting/re-carving missing areas
Creating new supports for the sculpture (stand or plinth)
Modern and Contemporary Artwork
Plastics and Synthetic Materials, Mixed Media, Electronic Art, Complex Art Installations, Kinetic art, Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Time-Based Media, Light Art, Large-scale Outdoor Sculptures, Ready-Made Artworks
Toronto Art Restoration Inc. is one of the only studio in Canada which has a specialized division and study for the conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art. This division is led by conservator Sjoukje van der Laan who holds both a Master’s degree and a Professional Doctorate in Modern & Contemporary Art Conservation.
The conservation of contemporary art brings its own unique challenges. Since the mid-1900’s artists have begun to experiment with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art, rejecting traditionally accepted forms. For instance, the introduction of industrial plastics and synthetic resins in the 1930s used in various installations.
Everything from electronics, light, video and movement to synthetic plastics, metals, wood and salvaged junk is incorporated into the new age artforms. Galleries see even time-based installations involving decomposing food or bees fashioning honeycomb in conjunction with a sculpture – nothing is unusual in the contemporary art world. Because of the diversity of materials, adventurous methods of application and sometimes even an artist’s intent to encourage decay, much of these pieces are very fragile, ageing in ways which keep specialized conservators constantly in need of developing new strategies.
Architectural Arts – Mural, Plaster, Wood, and Stone
Toronto Art Restoration restores all types of murals including fresco, secco, oil or acrylic on any surface whether it may be on the ceiling or several stories high. In addition, we preserve architectural elements such as intricate moldings, wood finishes, and gilded surfaces.
Cleaning – soot, contaminants and varnish removal
Re-adhering flakes and chipped paint
Plastering and Inpainting
Wood, stone, plaster refinishing and re-creation
Stabilizing mural from pollutants and salt damage
Repairing and stabilizing the building to prevent further deterioration
Careful paint trimming around decorative elements
Cleaning stone and metal with a laser, solvents, steam, C02 blasting, or mechanical means.
Cleaning painted surfaces with solvent and aqueous solution with chelators and surfactants
Stone repair by consolidation, dutchmans or fills
Metal re-welding or additional supports
Graffiti or stain removal
Starch or dent restoration
In-painting and patinization intigration
Metal hot-dip galvanization