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About Ian Primrose
I am a specialist with over thirty years experience conserving and restoring oil paintings from all periods. I offer everything from simple light surface cleanings and small repairs to involved and complex restorations, requiring the removal of layers of old varnish and grime, reversal of old restorations, consolidation of flaking paint layers and the repairing of torn canvas. Each phase of the restoration project is documented with high-quality digital imaging. I can advise on hanging, lighting and framing pictures. I also provide detailed condition appraisals and reports.
Originally from London, England, I obtained my Fine Arts degree in 1978, then interned with the paintings conservation department of the City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. After apprenticing with restorers in private practice in London, I was qualified to set up my own studio, conserving and restoring oil paintings for the London art trade. My clients were art dealers who traded in paintings from the medieval through modern periods.
Now living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I am the contract restorer for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum (see page from MVM web site). I also serve the needs of private art collectors and members of the public. In keeping with ethical conservation standards, reversibility of materials is fundamental to my practice, with a focus on minimal intervention wherever possible.
American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)