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 ABOUT KS ART RESTORATION

” What better reward is there for an art lover than looking closely at art every day for a living? “

KS Art Restoration is a small art conservation practice specialised solely in the restoration of paintings and run by me, Kristel Smits. I founded my practice in 2014, with a desire to leave the city and start working for myself. As a one-woman operation, I guarantee that I will be the only one handling your painting, from the initial quote to delivery of the restored painting. Now with over 25 years experience in the profession, love for the job is still my primary motivation. My hourly rates are competitive but fair; reflecting the expertise, ethical workmanship and the level of care and attention that your painting will be given. 

I’m a Professional Member of the AICCM – the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials – having met their requirements for training, ethics, experience and regular skills development.

Prior to starting KS Art Restoration

I worked at the following institutions :

          Qualifications and experience

restoration of paintings

Academic training

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation of Cultural Materials (specialised in Easel Paintings), University of Canberra – 1995
  • Master of Art (Coursework) in Painting, College of Fine Arts, UNSW – 2004

  • Master of Fine Arts (Research) in Painting, College of Fine Arts, UNSW – 2010

  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management, South East Training Services – 2014
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My story and experience

After studying for my art conservation degree at the University of Canberra, I spent 4 and a half years in Europe undertaking 3 major internships. I spent 18 months at the Frans Halsmuseum in the Netherlands, then 2 years at the Hamilton Kerr Institute in England. This gave me the opportunity to work on some incredible 16th and 17th century paintings. I also spent a year working on modern and contemporary art at the Lenbachhaus in Germany, and learning German. Coming back to Australia, I was employed on contract at several large public galleries in Sydney, as well as in private practice. 

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Other experiences

Art remains a hobby and a passion, as well as my career. Drawing and painting in my spare time, the job gives me a true understanding of artist’s materials, techniques and processes. Sometimes it also gives me artistic inspiration. Occasionally I exhibit my work and teach art classes to share my knowledge. 

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Oil on wood panel painting before art conservation

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Painting after varnish removal and restoration

To see more examples of restoration work, visit the Gallery page here.

Testimonials & Words of Thanks

“YOU BREATHED A WHOLE NEW LIFE INTO IT”

Thank you very much for all your work and attention in restoring my old painting, Kristel. I was afraid that it would be too beautiful, that restoration would lose some of the raw power, but no, you breathed a whole new life into it. I’m really glad I gave it to you, and it was/is worth it all . . . 

Sincerely,

Hendrik

“EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR MONEY”

Kristel came recommended to us by 2 very reputable people. Her restoration of a large late 19th century Australian oil painting amply confirmed their recommendation. She kept us well informed at every stage of the process about her progress, our options, and the costs. The result was exceptional value for money. A valuable work brought back to life and well preserved for another generation.

G & H

“WE ARE DELIGHTED WITH THE OUTCOME”

Hi Kristel, thank you very much for the restoration of our painting. We are delighted with the outcome, we have a much more refreshed, vibrant painting which we look forward to re-framing and then hanging on our wall.

Metse and Peter

 “AMAZING WORK”

The painting looks great Kristel, I’m really pleased with it. Thanks so much! Amazing work.

Anne

“BRINGING BACK THE VIBRANCY AND COLOUR”

Kristel has done an outstanding job in bringing back the vibrancy and colour in the painting. Her conservation treatment has exposed detail that was previously obscured. Her professionalism and provision of progress reports inspired confidence and we are delighted with the final result.

Diana

“AMAZING ATTENTION TO DETAIL”

My wife Jenny and I engaged Kristel to clean and restore a small but important European portrait. Kristel’s highly professional work and amazing attention to detail revealed the portrait as we imagined it was when the artist first completed it. The fine details, original colours and the background are now clear and the signature is much more distinct. Now the portrait will be enjoyed for the future by ourselves and others.

Danny & Jenny

“RESTORED TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE”

Hi Kristel, thank you for the wonderful restoration on my Balinese lady painting. John and I are very pleased with the out-come. It means a lot to see this family heirloom from my grand-father restored to its original state.

Rosy

“I ONLY WISH MY MOTHER WERE ALIVE TO SEE IT”

Kristel you have done such an amazing job on my painting. I only wish my mother were alive to see it. You have brought to life so much detail & clarity – it is such a beautiful work. I can’t thank you enough for your care & professionalism.

Liz