Artworks Art and Digital Photo Restoration

Oil Painting Restoration

Since 1985 Artworks has been cleaning, varnishing and restoring oil paintings. We take great care with this process knowing how important it is to our client that is considering having it restored.

Our Restoration Services include:

Cleaning
Removing old varnish
Removal of repainting
Repairing
Inpainting
Varnishing

The restoration of a painting can result in a subtle change or can bring an old image to life with enriched colors and new depth.

We encourage all our customers to call or visit at anytime during the restoration process. Please contact us with any questions you may have about our restoration services.

All restoration bids are individually priced due to the unique nature of each painting. Call 512-472-1550 to schedule an appointment. 10am to 5 pm Mon-Sat.

Ram Garza began his art career at the age of 10 working in in his father’s antique restoration shop in San Antonio, Texas. He is Artworks’ primary restoration artist.  Besides restoring oil paintings and frames, Ram works on canvas, wood, stone and plaster including various forms of object art. He is especially adept at recreating damaged or missing portions of an art object.

Ram studied painting and illustration at the University of Texas.  He has worked as a freelance illustrator for Texas Monthly Magazine, painted exterior artwork and murals for the Zebra/Disc record chain nationwide and has designed CD covers and music graphics for artists including, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lonely Boys and Spoon.  His work can be seen in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. His restoration work can be found in The University of Texas,The County Court House in Austin,and numerous private collections.

“As a restorer, my goal is to reveal the art by concealing my artistry,” Ram Garza.


Paper Repair and Conservation Services

Do you have old documents becoming brittle due to acidity? Maps with tears and stains from years of use?  Fine works of art mishandled during a move?  Old books that smell from years in the attic?  With the recent addition of paper conservator, Marc Bernstein MFA to our staff, these and many other common paper ailments can now be treated here at Artworks.  Please call (512) 472-1550 to set up an appointment for a free estimate for your paper objects.

We now offer:
● All aspects of paper repair and conservation
● Archival housing and storage for paper, books, and art objects
● Encapsulation
● Emergency conservation solutions
● Material analysis and authentication

Below, a rare Henri Matisse etching (“Odalisque Coucheé” 1923) conserved here at Artworks!

Treatment: Removed from acidic mount, removed adhesives, surface cleaning, UV stain reduction, and deacidification

Marc Bernstein has been working in art conservation and framing for over twenty years.  He holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He has apprenticed in conservation under Don Etherington, founder of the lab at the Harry Ransom Center and former director of our nation’s largest private paper and rare book conservation lab.   As a conservator, Marc has worked for the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  He was a part of the team that restored the U.S. Bill of Rights. His hands have been on many of the world’s art treasures: Rembrandt etchings, Cassat pastels, Warhol prints, Picassos, Monets, letters by MLK and Abe Lincoln, and many other notable objects.  Marc is a member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. He  also specialize in museum quality framing and conservation mounting, has expertise in art installation and is a master figurative sculptor and painter.  “Art, and the service and protection of art, have been and always will be my life,” Marc Bernstein.


Digital Photo Restoration

Artworks is now happy to offer DIGITAL PHOTO RESTORATION and printing services. Bring in your old and /or damaged photographs for a free estimate. Please click on images to the left to see what can be done. You might be amazed!

We offer:
Light to heavy digital retouching
Removal of red eyes, facial blemishes, dust spots, discoloration and cracking of aged paper
Restoring of missing parts
Removal of stains and burns
Make black and white photos turn to color
Make color photos turn to black and white