April 22, 2012 |  by

     Please take care when selecting someone to clean your Eric Sloane painting.  This past week I was dismayed to see a third painting in just this year that was damaged significantly by a well intentioned painting restorer.

Is it a good idea to have an Eric Sloane original cleaned?  Yes, if it needs it.  Eric Sloane paintings that have hung in a smoking household, or in a household that burns any fossil fuel, should have a periodic cleaning.  A good, professional cleaning will remove only those contaminants on the surface of the painting that will eventually eat into the paint if not properly removed.  There are several reasons why it is so difficult to clean Eric’s paintings, not the least of which was that Eric thinned his paints with leaded gasoline.  The approaches and procedures normally employed with other artist’s works simply do not apply when it comes to Eric Sloane originals.

Even if you choose not to use us for your cleaning and restorative work, we want you to be informed.  Make sure that whomever you choose knows Eric Sloane’s works and that he or she has several years experience cleaning Eric Sloane paintings specifically.   A professional cleaning will not only add value to the work, but you will be amazed at just how much better the painting will look when finished!

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