Restoration Services

Painting Restoration



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

Sculpture Restoration

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

Joining fractures

Re-touching areas of chipped or worn away paint

Filling/ re-sculpting/re-carving missing areas

Material consolidation

Reinforcing armature

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

Mural Removal

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

Surface refinishing/painting

Metal hot-dip galvanization