This portrait of Australia’s Governor-General from 2008-2014 – the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO – was painted at the end of her term by acclaimed portraitist Ralph Heimans (b.1970). It was commissioned for the Historic Memorials Collection by Australian Parliament House in Canberra, where it is currently on public display.
On arrival at ICS, the painting was in a fairly good and stable condition. However, several losses were noted along the top painted edge of the stretcher and a considerable amount of dust and fibres were found on the surface. The fibres were believed to have come from the carpet in the room where the painting had been displayed. There was also some scuffing and losses to the painted surface which needed to be addressed.
The main purpose of this treatment was to varnish the painting. It had not yet been varnished as the paint needed to be completely dry beforehand. The treatment was designed to address the several issues outlined above, so that the piece could be varnished in line with the artist’s intentions. Treatment included:
Overview ICS won the 2022 NSW National Trust “Conservation – Interiors and Objects” Award for this project, with its submission titled “The Discovery of an Old Master Panel Painting Masquerading as a 19th Century Copy”. The discovery of this artwork made headlines around the world. The still life painting originally belonged to the National Trust’s Woodford Academy collection. Its provenance...
Overview ICS was engaged by St Agnes’ Catholic Church to undertake conservation treatment on the 14 Stations of the Cross and two sculptures of Mary and Jesus located inside St Agnes’ Catholic Church in Port Macquarie. Each Station is modelled...