The golden rule in conservation and restoration is that there isn't any. Just like every one of us, every artwork is unique. Each painting, for instance, 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. In 1999 he started reading for his Bachelor and Master degrees in conservation and restoration. He firmly believes the quality of his work reflects and represents him. Artifacts also deserve the best treatments possible, using conservation-grade materials. In addition, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest research and technology available. This explains David's curiosity, always striving to further improve the quality of his work. 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 dark material to gradually re-expose the painting's original colours, for instance, is a magical experience. The most challenging and stimulating quest of all remains that of establishing better means of effectively extending the lifetime of our precious artworks. The preservation of artworks does not only safeguard the value of our treasures, but it also permits us to enjoy them more and inherit 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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