Painting Conservator Vacancy – Fine Art Restoration Co.
We are seeking a driven, self-motivated, experienced and professionally trained Conservator with a minimum of 3 years working experience in the field of Painting Conservation.
This individual needs to have had experience treating a wide variety of easel paintings or murals with differing supports and media. This position will primarily be based at our studio facility in Carlisle, Cumbria, but may occasionally require travel for on-site work assignments.
You must possess a strong working knowledge of art history and chemistry as it relates to historic materials, or those used in the conservation process. Preferred candidates should have a master’s degree in art conservation, and training in current conservation practices, materials, and cleaning techniques. This demanding position will require the ability to communicate effectively, meet scheduled work deadlines, maintain strong ethical standards, and work cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment. We welcome the contribution of ideas and seek a positive, productive, and ambitious team member with a positive work ethic.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Completion of varnishing, intensive surface cleaning and retouching of oil paintings and artworks, including the cleaning and gilding of frames
- Completion of written reports, including condition reports, treatment proposals, and treatment reports
- Skilled examination and treatment of historic and artistic paintings, painted surfaces, and artifacts in the studio and on-site for nationwide clientele, including artworks and artifacts that are extremely large, damaged, and/or have severe structural damage
- Familiarity and adherence to the ICON principles and practices of conservation and current museum-quality standards in all proposal development and treatment execution
- Requires only periodic or indirect supervision to satisfactorily meet the daily requirements of the role
- Ability to handle large works of art, including regular lifting and carrying, as well as long periods of standing, sitting, and working on scaffolding, ladders, or lifts
- Observance of all building security, storage, reporting, and safety protocols and regulations
- Active participation during on-site visits, periodic training sessions, conferences, and professional meetings
- EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Art Conservation, or commensurate conservation apprentice training and experience. In-depth working knowledge of art history, chemistry, studio art techniques, and ICON conservation standards are a must.
- EXPERIENCE: 3-5 years of professional paintings and painted surface conservation.
CONSERVATION SKILLS REQUIRED:
- Familiarity with diverse bodies of art, art history, and artistic techniques, including strong understanding of colour theory
- Working knowledge of chemistry as it relates to conservation, including familiarity with the chemical properties, solubility, and long-term degradation of oil, acrylic, casein, tempura, gouache, fresco, and encaustic mediums. Understanding of chemical, biological, and physical processes and principles that contribute to long-term deterioration and/or preservation
- Knowledge of appropriate current treatments for paintings on canvas and board, paper, metal, composite materials, hide, and synthetic supports. Demonstrable ability to repair complex tears, dents, flaking paint, cracked or warped supports, or delamination and to complete routine filling, lining, stretching, and inpainting with minimally intrusive techniques. Must have the ability to accurately match colours, paint application appearance, and techniques of artists.
- Experience in the safe surface cleaning and removal of discoloured varnish layers, embedded dirt/soot/nicotine, and previous restorers’ overpaint using traditional organic and modern aqueous-based solvent systems, mixtures, gels, detergents, and/or enzymes.
- Skills in disaster recovery conservation and response to fire or water damage, mould, and hazardous materials.
- Working knowledge of safe and museum quality procedures for handling, storing, transporting, framing, crating, shipping, installing, and exhibiting fine art
- Understanding of proper safety and chemical storage procedures, including training and work on scaffolding, in secure buildings, and with hazardous materials
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team, both in studio and on site visits
- Strong work ethic and commitment to meeting deadlines, solving complex treatment issues, working effectively and productively under pressure, and upholding confidentiality and ethical standards
- Competency in using Microsoft, iOS operating systems, Adobe and other software suites required for written conservation reports
- Demonstrate sound judgement, risk management, and perception to details and artistic subtleties
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- Working knowledge of historic frame conservation and gilding techniques
- Professional conservation experience at a major fine art institution, museum or collection
To apply for this position, please send a CV and Cover Letter to [email protected]