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Gamblin Conservation Colors

From: Margery Newman <margery145>
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2000
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The first new art conservation retouching paint for oil paintings in
100 years is being introduced by Gamblin Artists Colors Co. Designed
solely for use by conservators and restorers to restore valuable
works of art, Gamblin Conservation Colors were created in
conjunction with conservators and scientists at the National Gallery
of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.  The 35 colors of resin-based
paint are formulated to be both archival, as well as removable with
mild solvent.

Developed for a wide array of painting styles and techniques,
Gamblin Conservation Colors have already proven effective at the
National Gallery and the Getty for inpainting, the process of
retouching damaged areas of an artwork.  The new Gamblin paints have
been used for retouching on more than 100 works of art from Italian
Old Masters to 20th century paintings.

Gamblin Conservation Colors will be distributed world wide over the
Internet through <URL:>.

Qualities of Gamblin Conservation Colors: Gamblin Conservation
Colors are stable, reversible and suitable for use with a wide array
of painting styles and techniques. Their innovative light-weight
resin binder also makes Gamblin Conservation Colors safer to use.

Fully Saturated Color.  The high refractive index of the resin leads
to colors as saturated as aged oil colors.

Lightfast Colors.  Only pigments of highest lightfastness are used
(including modern substitutes for Alizarin Crimson, Indian Yellow,
and Brown Madder).

Excellent Working Properties.  Gamblin has have applied our 20 years
of artist paint formulating experience to these colors, hence
facilitating the work of retouching.

Safety. Because the resin is soluble in solvents of low polarity,
users can greatly lower their exposure to strong solvents while
retouching paintings. In the future, if  it is necessary to remove
the color, it will dissolve in mild solvents, to help protect the
original work.

Stable Resin. Samples were aged 3000 hours in a weatherometer (equal
to approximately 62 years of museum light exposure). The paints
retained their solubility in mild solvents, showing that the resin
is stable upon aging.

Gamblin Artists Colors Co.
P.O. Box 625, Portland, OR 97207
Fax: 503-235-1946

Additional materials, including paint samples, are available upon

Margery Newman
Publicity & Communications
145 Fourth Avenue #12D
New York, NY  10003
Fax: 212-475-0252

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