Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Oil Painting Restoration, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Thousand Oaks









Click on this link http://www.FineArtConservationLab.com to
see a short video lab tour. Call us to discuss your art restoration questions.
Click on SHOW MORE for contact info and other links

Scott M. Haskins, Head of Conservation  805 564 3438  faclartdoc@gmail.com


Cleaning an oil painting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DSzHcEBZ40

Rip repair on oil painting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Jxozdtl0w

Water Damaged Art – Mold (by our client in Las Vegas):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_YupoIRRcs

Smoke damaged art: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/in-lab/hopeless-smoke-damaged-paintings-given-new-life-3-valuable-tips/

Video testimonials of paintings and mural restoration:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41D80C1C65FF2CE7

Written testimonials: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/

Expert witness on art related matters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oeNfXQ26mM

More legal testimony on art related matters:
http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/art-damage-expert-witness-and-legal-testimony/

Teamwork at FACL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIkMMWRy58k

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Banksy Mural Removed in S.F What's next...?

Banksy's iconic mural of the rat with a beret was saved from obliteration due to the City's anti graffiti ordinance. Movie director Brian Greif had to promise to not sell it in order to be authorized to dismantle the outside redwood slats of the Victorian Height District home. But a firestorm of discussion ensued that pitted discussions of public art for the people and the greedy money grubbing art collectors that want to own it all. 

Its been of such interest that the article took up serious square footage on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle in this morning's Sunday paper with a full page spread on the inside.

For the article, go to this linked page at the website of the firm that is in charge of the restoration of the mural, Scott M. Haskins and Fine Art Conservation Laboratories

Friday, May 30, 2014

200 YEAR OLD PAINTING NEWLY RESTORED RETURNS TO MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

This is a startling photo of Mission San Juan Capistrano if you know the mission today. It was taken prior to its restoration at the beginning of the 20th century. This last month, May 2014, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories completed the art conservation or painting restoration of the biggest most important painting in the Father Serra Chapel, Station of the Cross XII or The Crucifixion. This extremely large Spanish Colonial work of art is 12 1/2' tall x 7' wide. Here is the article about the project: http://tipsforfineartcollectors.org/oil-paintings/200-year-old-painting-newly-restored-returns-to-mission-san-juan-capistrano/

Scott M. Haskins, professional art conservator from FACL, Inc.  explaining the details of the project.



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pollock's 'Mural' restoration nearing completion

  • One of the main influencing "founding fathers" of Post War Abstract Expressionism in the United States was Jackson Pollock, hence one of the elements of his great fame and the astronomical values his paintings have. Perhaps one of his most famous paintings is this painting entitled "Mural" which belongs to the University of Iowa.

    Pollocks influence on both "schools" or centers of production in the Bay Area (Berkley) and in New York cannot be understated and influenced generations of artists. Fine Art Conservation Laboratories consistent work on Post War Abstract Expressionist paintings over the years have included most of the notable artists from the Berkley School.


    FILE - An Oct. 17, 2002, file photo is of the University of Iowa's painting titled: "Mural" by Jackson Pollock. The 70-year-old painting has been in the conservation department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where it will go on display in March before a 10-month display in Sioux City, Iowa. The 8-foot by 20-foot piece was removed from the University of Iowa Museum of Art because the building was damaged by flooding in 2008. Photo: Deb Barber, AP

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An extensive 19-month effort to study and restore a Jackson Pollock painting is nearly finished, officials say as they prepare to have the famous piece displayed in California and Iowa this year.
The 1943 painting "Mural" has been in the conservation department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles since the summer the 2012, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported (http://icp-c.com/1l0s9k6 ). Restoration has included stabilizing the piece's physical structure, which had been sagging, and removing a varnish added in the 1970s.
"The painting started sagging very early in its life, probably as Pollock was painting it, because he probably himself didn't make strong enough of a stretcher for such a large painting," said Yvonne Szafran, head of the Getty's paintings conservation department. "That's keeping in mind this was the largest painting he had painted up until this point, and maybe the largest painting he ever does paint — it's certainly the widest."
The restoration work involved examining slivers of paint under a microscope and using imaging technology to virtually see layers of color. The research has dispelled the myth that Pollack created the famed artwork in a 24-hour session, as well as determined that the artist used some house paint on the piece.
University of Iowa Museum of Art Director Sean O'Harrow called the restoration, which was done pro bono, the most important modern art conservation effort in recent years.
The 8-foot by 20-foot painting was removed from the University of Iowa Museum of Art before the building was damaged by flooding in 2008. The painting is owned by the university, which received it through a donation in 1951 by art collector Peggy Guggenheim. It is insured for $140 million and is considered one of the most important modern American paintings in history.
The painting will go on display at the Getty in March before a 10-month stint at the Sioux City Art Center beginning in June.
Officials hope to take the painting on an international tour with other Pollock works. It would return to Iowa City once a new space is built for the university's 14,000-piece art collection. The touring plans are still in its early stages.
"While we build a new museum, we thought it would be the one, great opportunity to engage the world before it comes back to Iowa City," said O'Harrow.

Friday, December 20, 2013

LA ART SHOW - Mega cool expo at the LA Convention Center

LAST YEAR THE LA ART SHOW HELD AT THE LA CONVENTION CENTER HAS ITS BIGGEST ATTENDANCE EVER WITH LOTS OF CREATIVITY AND BEAUTY TO SEE AND ENJOY. ITS THE PREMIER ART GIG IN THE WESTERN US FOR THE YEAR. VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY PAINTING DEALERS FROM ALL OVER THE US AND FROM ABROAD COME TO SHOW OFF THEIR BEST PAINTINGS. THE TRADITIONAL WORKS OF ART ARE SEPARATED FROM THE CONTEMPORARY ART WHICH MAKES FOR TWO DISTINCT VISUAL EXPERIENCES... ACTUALLY THREE! DON’T MISS THE ART PRINT SHOW.


FINE ART CONSERVATION LABORATORIES WILL BE THERE TO TALK TO COLLECTORS, GIVE COLLECTION CARE TIPS,  DISCUSS AUTHENTICATION QUESTIONS AND, OF COURSE, ANSWER RESTORATION QUESTIONS.  LAST YEAR WE HAD IN THE BOOTH A PAINTING SOME FOLKS FOUND IN A CLOSET. IT SOLD A FEW MONTHS LATER FOR $1.4 MILLION AT CHRISTIES IN HONG KONG. THE WINNING-THE-LOTTERY-TYPE STORY IS TOLD IN THIS QUICK VIDEO:

WHEATHER YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THE EXPO A QUICK WALK THROUGH OR COME BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN, CALL US FOR FREE TICKETS FOR THE FULL 4 DAY EVENT WORTH $100 BEING HELD AT THE LA CONVENTION CENTER ON JANUARY 16 -19, 2014. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE AT THE REALLY FUN PARTY, COME TO THE EVENING OPENING GALA WED. JAN. 15TH. CALL US FOR DETAILS AT 805 564 3438




Friday, November 15, 2013

Cowboy Painting by Maynard Dixon Newly Discovered - Time Lapse Cleaning Video

Maynard Dixon is usually a favorite of the Old West, Western Art and early Impressionism so its always fun to see a "new" painting, that's been hidden away (and in this case unappreciated!) resurface after 110 years! Steven Stern Fine Arts brought this gorgeous painting to us for art conservation treatments. Its hard to believe that someone tried to clean it before us! See the short 2 min time laps video of the process of cleaning a painting at  http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/in-lab/maynard-dixon-painting-restoration-art-conservation/

We've cleaned some of Dixon's great paintings over the years like the one here below. Enjoy the video!


Art conservation questions? Call Scott M. Haskins 805 895 5121
Art appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate 805 895 5121

Monday, November 11, 2013

Insights into Art Masterpieces by Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator


Many of you have enjoyed the art history video tours where I've taken you through some great galleries/museums. Here's another I think you will enjoy no matter how little you know about art or history: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZITYx1QmBc 

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For a video tour of the art conservation lab go to
Painting restoration questions? Call Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438
Art appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121

Saturday, August 17, 2013

“Monuments Men” and "Saving Italy” How did Europe's great works of art survive the destruction of World War II?


How did Europe's great works of art survive the destruction of World War II? Robert Edsel, author of “Monuments Men” and "Saving Italy” gives you the details and incredible story.

I just download “Saving Italy” in audio format and can't wait to get into it. But right now, I'm listening to the precursor to this book which is “Monuments Men” which is due to come out in a movie with George Cloonie and Matt Damon this Sept. When the author was gathering info for his book, it became too massive and he couldn't whiddle it down... so he published the very interesting details of saving Europe's art during WWII in these two separate books.

The books and audio are available on Amazon. Click on the book’s name for the link.