Paper & Asian painting conservator
Jennifer Loubser provides conservation treatments of works on paper. She gives advice on preparing them for exhibitions, safe handling for installation, storage, display periods and environmental conditions to protect and maximise the life and enjoyment of these artworks.
She conserves paintings on paper, historic iron gall ink documents, engravings, etchings, prints, maps and more. When works on paper have grown disfiguring yellow, brown or black spots or ‘foxing’ stains from humidity and impurities, she can reduce the staining and bring the artworks back toward their original aesthetic. All of an artwork’s history is included in its story if you look closely, but when the damages of time have become more emphasised than the artwork itself, it is time to take action. Preventive care also ensures the life of works on paper well into the future.
Jennifer Loubser is a conservator of fine artworks who works for museums, institutions, and private collectors. She specialises in conserving traditional Asian paintings, and I am also experienced in working with contemporary and antique artworks on paper. Over the past seventeen years, she has worked with collections and collectors in America, Asia, and Australia. She trained in Japan and in South Korea, and has worked on projects in the National Palace Museum Seoul, Honolulu Museum of Arts, Thangka Conservation Centre Bhutan, Art Galleries of New South Wales and South Australia, Queensland State Archives, State Library of Queensland, and many galleries and private collectors across Australia.
When conserving antique hanging scrolls, folding screens, and woodblock prints, she uses materials and techniques that match those used by the original artist. Her professional goal is to return artworks to their original brilliance while respecting their authenticity and original value, so these distinguished artistic traditions may be shared with future generations.
Conserving fragile artworks on fibrous materials is delicate work. Refined beauty and simplicity of age-old painting traditions in Asia give her calm and boundless inspiration. Her clients tell her that her patience and tranquillity is visible in her results.