Offbeat Video

By Katy Gill


A fine art conservator restores paintings that are seven-hundred-years-old and cost up to $12 million (9.5M GBP) in aesthetically pleasing videos.

Julian Baumgartner, 38, has been restoring art since he was a child, working on the likes of Warhol originals and even iconic religious pictures predating the 1300s.

PICS BY Julian Baumgartner / CATERS NEWS: Julian touches up oil painitng after mending a tear int he canvas.

PICS BY Julian Baumgartner / CATERS NEWS: Julian touches up oil painitng after mending a tear int he canvas.

He showcases his ability on damaged pieces in much need of repair, from mending canvas tears to oil paint touch ups, varnishing and even re-stretching. 

Julian has built up a large social media following due to his therapeutic transformation videos, with a current following of 55k.

Having taken over his late father’s business, at his studio in Chicago, Illinois, USA, conserving pieces for the likes of museums, auctions and galleries, as well as restoring family heirlooms.

He claims to have never made any irrevocable mistakes on his client’s artwork, thanks to his father gifting him paintings to practice on – allowing him to hone his craft through making errors and taking risks.

Julian said: “When I see a color, I already know the other colors and ratios used to achieve the end result.

PICS BY Julian Baumgartner / CATERS NEWS -Painting before

PICS BY Julian Baumgartner / CATERS NEWS – Painting after

“I can look at a painted blue sky and not only see the blue but I see the ultramarine, titanium white, alizarin crimson, burnt umber and phthalo green.

“That way of working and thinking comes with only one thing; practice.

“I have spent thousands of hours of mixing colors.

“It makes me better every day”

His father R. Agass Baumgartner, who passed away in 2011, started Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in the late 70s after emigrating from Switzerland.

Julian started working for the family business during his college years, doing ‘odd jobs’ and ‘grunt work’ that his father didn’t want to do.

PICS BY Julian Baumgartner / CATERS NEWS: A before picutre of a vase of flowers, before Julian touches up the oil painting and mends wear and tear

PICS BY Julian Baumgartner / CATERS NEWS: The after shot picture of a vase of flowers, Julian has touched up the oil painting and mends wear and tear

After graduating, he embarked upon an apprenticeship working alongside his old man.

Julian said: “I have worked on the likes of Lichtensteins, Warhols, John Singer Sargents, even William Merritt Chase paintings – the list could go on and on.

“Some people may be impressed by Warhol’s piece and not know who Sargent was, and conversely I have clients who couldn’t care less about the big names and only want their family heirloom to be conserved.”