Helen Houp Art Conservation

Fine Art Conservation

The Practice of Preserving Art:


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Painting by Julian Onderdonk

Helen Houp is a paintings conservator with over 30 years experience preserving works of art. Following her graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, she joined the conservation staff of the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas and there received training in painting conservation. Since 2001, she has conducted a private conservation practice from her 2200 square foot studio/lab in Dallas, Texas. She has treated paintings from diverse eras and movements, works by Rembrandt to Rauschenberg and works from the folk to the contemporary art genre. In addition to the conservation treatment of the work of well know artists, she has treated the paintings and murals of distinguished regional artists and the treasured heirlooms of individuals as well. Her clients include major art museums, institutions of higher learning, corporations, art dealers, ardent collectors and individuals. In addition to the treatment of paintings, accomplished conservators associated with Helen A. Houp, Fine Art Conservation assist in the conservation of objects, photographs and works of art on paper.

Confusion sometimes arises over the terms conservator and conservation and restorer and restoration. In conservation, it’s of paramount importance that in treating a work that the intent of the artist be preserved. Conservators use reversible materials in their treatments, provide narrative reports on the condition of the work as received and the treatment procedures employed with supporting photographs. The practice of conservation involves thorough examination, scientific analysis and research to reveal the materials employed in the execution of the work and the extent of the damages present. Based on these findings a regimen of conservation treatment is determined. Traditionally, restorers have not been guided by the principles as stated above. Their emphasis is placed on what may be a short term rejuvenation rather than the long term preservation of the work of art.


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