There is no golden rule. Every artwork is unique. Each painting is different in its technique, deterioration, damage, history, significance and function. It is therefore essential to carefully inspect every artwork to better understand its unique characteristics and specific needs. This insight is the key in establishing a tailor-made treatment for every artwork. 


Meet David, a Maltese conservator-restorer of paintings and polychrome sculpture. He was awarded the Bachelor degree in 2003 and Master degree in conservation and restoration in 2007. He constantly strives to improve the quality of his work because paintings and sculptures deserve the best treatments possible. Ultimately, a job well done is extremely satisfying and rewarding. Throughout an intervention there is always the exciting possibility of discovering hidden inscriptions or the artist's signature. The removal of darkened coatings which gradually expose the painting's original colours, for instance, is a magical experience. The most challenging and stimulating quest of all consists of establishing better means of extending the lifetime of our precious artworks. Preserving artworks will not only safeguard their value, but it also permits us to enjoy them and transmit them to our future generations.


Deterioration and damage are always permanent. Prevention is always better than cure. One should consider that when a painting looses some of its paint, for instance, that paint will be lost for ever. Conservators-restorers can apply adhesive to prevent further paint loss. It is also possible to fill the paint loss and have it retouched. The retouching could reduce the evidence of the paint loss, making the painting look as if it was never damaged at all. But even though we might not visually notice the paint loss, the original paint from that damaged area remains missing and irreplaceable. Hence, it is always recommended to love, appreciate and take care of our treasures before it is too late. Conservators-restorers are trained to inspect art collections on site. They can check the condition of artworks and provide simple guidelines on how to provide our collections with a safer environment. This would safeguard our treasures and reduce the need of future treatments. 


For further information David can be reached at the following email address:   bugeja@outlook.com    or by phone:  +356 79092683



Original site version: 2003

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