Easel Painting Conservator

Fine Art Restoration Company is seeking an Easel Painting Conservator

Fine Art Restoration Company

Carlisle, Cumbria

Job type
Permanent, Full-time 


Posted on

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[This job does not comply with Icon's salary recommendations.]

We are seeking a full-time Easel Painting Conservator with at least 3 years’ working experience in Painting Conservation to join our busy Carlisle, Cumbria studio.

You will work on a range of practical treatments and assessments for our private clients, institutions and insurance companies.


Main responsibilities: 

  • Verbal and written assessments, condition reports and treatment proposals.
  • Examination and treatment of historic and artistic paintings, painted surfaces and artefacts in the studio and on-site.
  • Familiarity and adherence to the Icon practices of conservation and museum-quality standards.
  • Varnish removal, re-varnishing, surface cleaning (from dirt, mould etc.), removal of overpainting and retouching of oil paintings and artworks.
  • Repair of complex tears, dents, flaking paint, cracked and warped supports or delamination.
  • Ability to complete routine filling, lining, stretching and in-painting with minimally intrusive techniques.
  • Accurately match colours, paint application appearance and techniques of artists.
  • Cleaning, repair and gilding of frames.
  • Working under your own initiative in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Solve complex treatment issues and work under pressure to meet deadlines whilst upholding
  • confidentiality and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment, risk management and an eye for detail.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage workflow effectively.
  • Travel for on-site conservation projects is possible

Required qualifications and experience:

EDUCATION: Degree in Art Conservation, or commensurate conservation apprentice training and experience.

EXPERIENCE: At least 3 years of painting and painted surface conservation. Working knowledge of art history, chemistry, studio art technique and Icon conservation standards are a must.

Company benefits

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and ever-growing team, based on the edge of the Lake District.

20 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays

To apply for this position, please email r[email protected] with a cover letter and CV addressed to Chris Bull.