At Gamblin, we have always been dedicated to oil painting. Supporting art conservation through our Gamblin Conservation Colors is just one aspect of this dedication.

Being paintmakers in Portland, Oregon, we are humbled by the fact that artists like you have chosen our materials to create the artwork that is so meaningful to you and your broader audience.

We are equally honored that our Conservation Colors have been used to restore some of the most revered oil paintings in the world – including a Van Eyck at the National Gallery in London – one of the earliest oil paintings ever made – as well as notable works by da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Monet.

Restoration of van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles. Photo courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum.

Restoration of van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. Photo courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum.

What makes Gamblin Conservation Colors unique?

In the world of art conservation today, there are three important considerations regarding the materials used on artwork. First, the materials used for this work should be stable – meaning that the materials should not change over time. Second, the materials should be reversible and able to be removed without damaging the original artwork. And third, the binder of the material should visually saturate the pigment in a similar manner as linseed oil.

In the mid-’90s, Robert Gamblin collaborated with a group of conservators to improve upon these considerations. Gamblin Conservation Colors were born from this collaboration. They include 50 lightfast colors – made with pigments found in our Artist’s Grade and 1980 oils and bound in a contemporary resin binder, which makes the restorations stable and reversible.

We don’t sell Conservation Colors to artists for a couple of reasons. First, they lack the texture and mark-making possibilities of oils. Second, they demand a stronger solvent than artists have (or are willing to work around) in their studios.

A Labor of Love

Gamblin Conservation colors is truly a labor of love in support of conservators around the world, and this labor of love is shared throughout our small company. Without Gamblin Artists Colors, Gamblin Conservation Colors would not exist.

When you purchase Gamblin materials, you are also supporting the field of conservation and helping to protect our visual history. We are very grateful for your support.


Van Gogh Museum: Bedroom Secrets – Restoration of a Masterpiece
New York Times: Under a Monet Painting, Restorers Find New Water Lilies



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