Copies of Oil Paintings


All copies are painted in the technique of the original work.  The techniques and materials employed are based on the latest available museum research and analysis of the artist and the specific work being copied.  If there is no existing documentation on the artist, the work is based on information about associated artists of the period.

The support and preparations used for the copies are as close to the original as possible, whether they are on canvas, wood or metal.

All the oil mediums used in painting are made in the artist’s studio from resins, balsams, turpentines and oils.  Synthetic mediums are not used.

Most of the pigments used are natural, although some pigments are no longer available due to their toxicity.  As a result, synthetic pigments will be used in their place.  The pigments used in a work will match as closely as possible the pigments of the original artist’s palette.

As well as oil painting techniques, Williams and Willson are also specialised in tempera and in hide glue painting techniques.

Before painting a copy, the work is extensively studied.  This includes research into artist’s methods, materials, brush strokes and handling of the paint.

Various techniques can be used to age a work, including methods for cracking, tonal adjustments and patinas.  Ageing techniques vary with the time period and medium of each specific piece.

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