I’m a Preservationist Artist. I’m proud to use the title.
Artists who support, advocate for and/or action their beliefs in the preservation of another’s artwork or artefacts, are Preservationist Artists when they create new from old.
As a mostly self taught artist, I began learning the skills of visual representation by purchasing discarded canvasses and, to my mind, fixing the errors. Adding shadows. Correcting perspective. That sort of thing.
I never claimed them as mine. Eventually they were Gesso’d over and used to create an original work. Let me tell you … editing is easier than creating!!
Eventually, I had ‘improved’ masters on calendars and cheap prints from you know where. Eventually … I decided to use these discarded objects but to leave evidence of their previous life. This is when I chose the name Preservationist Art