Long Term Storage of Fine Art
Hurricane Michael has wreaked havoc across the Eastern seaboard, and my heart goes out to all those that have lost homes, loved ones, and the struggles they will endure rebuilding what once was.
In light of this natural disaster, I have already begun to receive calls and questions about damage and long-term storage of my work from many collectors. So I wanted to make a PSA about how to best to store highly textured, fine art such as my own.
Long-term storage is quite different than fine-art transport, which is not an obvious understanding. In the case of my art, which is made of multiple layers of oil paint—probably fresh in terms of an oil painting’s life-span (it can take up to twenty years for oil paint to completely dry)—and highly textured, it’s best to create a floated box around each piece for optimal, safe long-term storage—something that may also be necessary during any remodeling, rebuilding, redecorating, or what-have-you.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE
• Place the painting on the back the piece of plywood, and center it with two or more inches on all sides of the piece. Then screw through the backside of the plywood into the stretcher bars of the painting. Of course, check the screw lengths so you don’t go through the face of the painting—but also ensure the screws are long enough to hold the piece securely. This will provide additional support to the wooden stretchers that can warp with extreme humidity as well as be the base for the floating box.
• Create a plywood box cover that also sits inches away from the painting, so essentially there is nothing but air surrounding the piece, although it will be covered.
– Do not use any packing materials: paper, plastic, popcorn, etc., against the artwork
• Store in a temperature and humidity controlled facility.
If damage has occurred to your artwork, please get in touch with me about restoration. I cannot make any promises, but I will attempt do my best to restore the art, which may involve unvarnishing, restretching, paint touch-up, and repainting.
EXAMPLES OF STORAGE DAMAGE
Again, I pray for those that have been truly devastated, and I do not intend to minimalize the loss of homes or loved ones. Many of my collectors feel an extreme emotional connection to their art collections, and I am simply trying to offer advice in terms of my passions.
Lots of Love.