Recently I had the pleasure of restoring a little gem of a painting by Rosa Bonheur. The restoration involved several procedures which I’m often asked about, (Lining, facing, consolidating, patching) so I documented the work and made a video explaining what was done. The photos below show some highlights.
Bruce Wood has been cleaning, restoring and repairing oil and acrylic paintings privately for over twenty-five years. He has fine art degrees from Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). After graduating, he worked in the Art Institute of Chicago, a major museum, where he became acquainted with several conservation techniques.
After leaving the Art Institute of Chicago, he completed a one-year apprenticeship in color transparency retouching at Spectrum Studio in Chicago, where he learned the discipline of exact color matching and invisible image alteration.
For ten years (before the advent of computer retouching) Bruce Wood operated his own transparency retouching studio in Chicago, where his accounts included Keebler, Quaker Oats, McDonalds, Jim Beam, Coors and Helene Curtis.
His entire family has been involved in the art business. His parents James and Angelina Wood established The Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, Massachusetts in 1968. The gallery is now home of the Clean Oil Paintings restoration studio, and conducts exhibitions of contemporary and historical artworks.
An oil painter himself, Bruce has studied antique painting techniques, and collected nineteenth and early twentieth century oil paintings. He has restored them and sold them at antique and fine art auctions across the country, including Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctioneers.