Biography

Photo:  Lloy Osburn

Lloy Osburn
Conservator of Works on Paper

I’ve always had a love of “things old” and being a conservator allows me to do what I love every day!

My career (1972–87) began as a laboratory technician in the Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. But since childhood, I had been an avid antique collector and accomplished artist and a meeting in 1986 with the conservator at the Seagrum Museum led to a new direction and pursuit of a lifelong love.

In 1989, I received my accreditation in Art Conservation from Sir Sanford Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario. My conservation training included internships at the MacMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria and the Canadian Conservation institute, each specializing in the conservation of works on paper.

A summer romance in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1989 led to a fifteen-year position as Paper Conservator at the newly-constructed Yukon Archives in Whitehorse, along with contracts at the local museums, galleries and heritage institutions.

A move back to Ontario in 2007 led to the opening of Artful Restorations in Guelph, my home town, in September of 2009.

The combination of technical laboratory experience, artistic ability and an extensive knowledge of antiques, their use, composition and value means that I bring a unique combination of skills and experience to the field of Art Conservation. Every work brought into my studio requires and is given an individual approach and the utmost care to bring it back to its former self.

221 Woolwich Street, Guelph
Ontario N1H 3V4
Tel: 519-767-5693
Email: losburn@sympatico.ca