Before and After Images

Lawren Harris, “The Cabin” (1885–1970) Oil on Canvas Study

This beautiful study in Canadian nature by Harris has been cleaned, consolidated, plastered, in-painted, varnish and re-framing by Toronto Art Restoration Inc. conservators. The colours are absolutely stunning!

Maurice Cullen (1866–1934) Oil on Canvas

Oil Painting by Canadian painter Maurice Cullen (1866–1934). Three slash cuts repaired: re-lining, texturizing with conservation grade plaster, and in-painting.

W. Webb, Oil on Canvas, painted 1893

This oil painting was covered with a thick layer of badly oxidised (yellow, brittle and darkened) traditional natural resin varnish and grime. Although this varnish was unsightly, it did, however, protect the original painting underneath perfectly.  T.A.R.I. Conservators carefully completely removed the varnish to reveal the stunning colour you see before you. The painting was re-varnish with a UV filtered archival varnish, saturating the true colour further.    

Deep Blue Sea, Oil on Canvas, by Zubeida Agha (Pakistan)

The art conservation procedures were to secure the paint layer onto the canvas, clean grime and previous yellowed and darkened restoration contaminants from the surface, and to fill and in-paint areas of paint loss. Because the paint layer was extremely delicate (chipping and flaking from drastic changes in RH levels in Pakistan), the cleaning strategies needed to involve consolidation prior to cleaning.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Ink on Paper

This artwork had been badly cleaned in the past, leaving abraded bleached spots on the front through to the verso. The paper was limp and degraded from the previous cleaning. The previous restorer had touch up the bleached spots poorly with non-archival paints. There was a localized loss of ink line design and holes and tears in the paper as well.

Our paper conservator removed the previously done “retouches” and did an overall cleaning to remove acid stain and mould. To give the limp paper artifact more support, it was lined with Japanese tissue. Areas of persisting discoloration receive light treatments colour retouching. Areas of loss in the black line loss were re-touched as well. 

Frederick B. Taylor. (1906-1987) Oil on Canvas

This beautiful painting was neglected in a damp basement for decades until it was brought to Toronto Art Restoration, where it was cleaned, consolidated, plastered and in-painted in missing areas.

Historical Interior, St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (Toronto, 1948)

Water damage to plaster repaired and mural restored.

Station of the Cross, Oil and Gilt on Metal

This station of the cross was salvaged by the client from near total ruin. It was taken from a muddy wet environment into the Toronto Art Restoration studio for a full overhaul. Beyond the encrusted mud that was removed, the oxidized metal support was treated, the surface was cleaned and consolidated, and missing gilded and painted areas were restored.


Joseph Thors (1835-1900) Encaustic Wax Painting

Flattening of canvas, consolidation, mending tears, Cold Beva relining, filling areas of loss with gypsum plaster, in-painting and wax coat. A more minimal and elegant custom frame was created by Alison Behrend at Tangle Gallery.


Altarpiece. Massey College Chapel, Toronto

Consolidation, re-adhesion of paint chips, filling and shaving down of gypsum plaster and in-painting.

Mural of The Madonna with Cherubs, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Toronto

Shellac removal, consolidation of the support, filling areas of loss with gypsum plaster, in-painting and varnish coat. Restoration directed by Carlos Nunes and assisted by Christina Abreu and Alicia Coutts for FPDR Ltd.

St. Bernadette, Marble Sculpture. Our Lady of Lourdes, Toronto

A marble sculpture of St. Bernadette in the garden of Toronto Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes. Oil Paint and Mold removal.


Wooden Angel Sculpture

The forearm was reattached to the sculpture, plastered and in-painted to conceal the break.


Sand stone sculpture of the Hindu God Kali

Transported from a garden in India, this sandstone sculpture was cleaned of dirt, mold and stains and consolidated. The right hand was re-created, tinted and texturized to blend naturally into the surrounding stone.  A custom natural stone base was created for the icon to sit upon, ensuring stability and elevating its importance as a sacred object.

Archdiocese of Toronto Coat of Arms, Painted Metal Shield

Removal of old paint, cleaning and sanding the aluminum surface, priming the surface with Zinc Chromate and re-painting by hand.

English Landscape, Oil on Canvas

Flattening of canvas, re-adhesion of paint chips, mending tears, Beva relining, filling areas of loss with gypsum plaster, in-painting and varnish coat.


17th Century Portrait of a Woman

Cleaning, Consolidation, Re-Varnishing and In-Painting.


Sisters in a Meadow, Oil on Canvas

This image demonstrates what a painting may look like mid-way though a cleaning. This painting decorated the wall of a longstanding Toronto pub for years. To protect the painting from the bustling bar environment a heavy coat of shellac was applied. After turning yellow over the years, it was time for Toronto Art Restoration Inc. to uncover its true and brilliant beauty.