A few days before Christmas a local collector purchased a painting on the way to the airport to pick up her son for the holidays. She wrapped it in a beach towel to protect the frame and packed the painting in the trunk on her car.
At the airport, my collector waited for her son on the arriving flights deck with the trunk open which is required by law, and waited for him in her warm car. Can you imagine what happened next?
Her son, not knowing the painting was in the car and only seeing beach towels in the back, threw his luggage in the trunk and on top of the newly purchased painting.
And the canvas ripped.
My collector called me in a panic and brought the painting back to my studio. I attached tape to the back of the painting to cover the rip in order to support it and keep it from ripping further, then spent the evening scouring the internet looking for a fix.
This is what I learned...
There are two possible ways to repair a painting with a canvas rip. The first is more of an archival quality repair where professionals reweave the torn canvas. This method is very expensive and is cost prohibitive for most paintings.
The second method offered real possibilities. It is where a canvas patch is glued to the back of the painting to cover the rip. The front of the painting is touched up and the entire painting is glazed for even sheen.
Having never attempted this repair, I knew I had to find a local service provider up to the task. My first call was to the manager of our local Jerry's Artarama. To my pleasant surprise their framing staffmember Marshall has vast experience repairing torn paintings and only charges $8 per quarter hour for his time. The rip was repaired flawlessly for $32.
The photo above is pre-rip.
The photo below is post-rip after the repair. I regret I didn't get a photo of the rip.
Can you find the repair??? I was amazed!