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Hello Dan,
I have recently begun to buy oil paintings on an auction site very inexpensivly. They are not "fine art" as some art is described. They are merely paintings which my wife and I find pleasing. They are all older and some have a bit of discoloration from, say getting wet or being 30 years old and not being protected properly. Is there a process which I can use to clean these paintings? I know there are professionals who do this, but I can't justify spending lots of money on "sofa art" as one of your fellow experts called these types of paintings. Any methods or advice would be much appreciated.

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I've heard everything from 1/2 onion rubbed on the painting to Sodium Carbonate, lemon juice etc.  You can find free info online.

I suggest having art restoration do the work. Tell them they are low end affordable paintings and you need a light cleaning and maybe some color restoration. Can't hurt to find out what it would cost.


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I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

Questions about a type of art or medium can be answered with one response in most cases. Technical issues are easier to deal with than specifics about an artist. If you need help finding values or history on an artist, it will probably involve research that can sometimes take hours to complete. If you have more than one image to send, I will give you an alternate email address as this system cannot handle multiple images.

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Late 70's early 80's Worked for a printer and learned the art or Lithography. Early to mid 80's Managed a publishing company that produced fine art both living and reproductions of the masters. Mid 80's to 2003 Senior Art Consultant with well known broker of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall,Vargas,Max,Warhol and others. 2004 - 2005 Independent Art Consultant. 2005-2006 Beverly Hills Art Gallery(Living Artists) 2006 - Present Salvador Dali Society. Senior Art Consultant.

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http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/dan-twyman.html

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http://www.artbydan.com Various online art publications.

Education/Credentials
Studied Art History, Methods of printing, Various Mediums. Studied anatomy, sketch art, Complex shading technique, Acrylic technique. Bloch books(Picasso),Salvador Dali publications(extensive). 30 Years life Experience in the arts as an artist, fine art broker,Gallery Director,art consultant.

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Over 100 awards. Set records in the Art Brokering business.

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Major Film Celebs/U.S. Ambassador/ Fortune 500 Company CEO's and high level employees. Over 300 repeat clients in Fine Art. Beverly Hills local and visiting repeat clients.

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