Rehousing the Derby porcelain ‘Figurine of Neptune’ c.1770

Rehousing the Derby porcelain works Figurine of Neptune c.1770 with Danielle Hastie, Preventative Conservation Technican / Photography: Natasha Harth This time lapse video shows the construction of a customised storage box for the c.1770 Derby porcelain ceramic Figurine of Neptune purchased in 1989 from the estate of Lady Trout with a special allocation from the Queensland Government.…

Anthony Alder’s Heron’s home

Once a prominent colonial Queensland artist, Anthony Alder and his works had all but vanished from public memory until, in 2011, his descendants’ estate was offered to the State Library of Queensland. Here, we reintroduce you to one of his works. Art history is a process of continually rediscovering the past and reinterpreting it for…

Lyrical Lines: Examining two Drawings by Charles Blackman

The preparation of artworks by Gallery Conservators for the exhibition ‘Lure of the Sun: Charles Blackman in Queensland‘ offered an opportunity to observe Blackman’s deliberate selection of certain materials and techniques to depict his subjects. This exhibition explores Blackman’s formative relationships with Queensland artists and writers that were pivotal in his development as one of Australia’s…

There’s a soap in my painting!

Surely the last place you would look for the soap is in your favourite oil painting? Not so, as over the past decade conservators and conservation scientists have been investigating the peculiar phenomena of soap formation in the rich, oil-laden layers of paint used in the paintings and masterpieces we love to look at. But…

From the battlefield to the home front

George Washington Lambert was commissioned by the Australian Government and concentrated on set-piece battlefield paintings in Palestine & Turkey. Recent conservation on one of these works, Walk (An incident at Romani) 1919-22 has involved examination and removal of a discoloured dirt and grime layer from the picture surface. George W Lambert served as an Official World War One…

Watch as we clean Anthony Alder’s Heron’s home

Watch our time-lapse as Anthony Alder’s original colours are restored in Heron’s home showing the full tonal range and sharpness of colour. A final varnish layer on a finished painting has been an artistic practice for centuries. Artists often apply a transparent varnish to give saturation and their desired level of gloss to the painting, as well…