Laszlo Cser CAPC PA AIC CAHP
Conservation and Restoration Skills
- Paintings on canvas, panel, paper and wall of various media and substrates traditional and contemporary
- Polychrome wooden sculpture and sculpture of bronze, ivory, jade, glass, stone, ceramic, metals and resins
- Historical architectural interiors and elements
- Furniture, woodwork, frames and gilding
- Consultation and advisory services
- 1987 to present
President, Conservator’s Products Company (Canada) Ltd.
Manufacturer, supplier, and distributor of high quality conservation products to institutional, commercial and private conservation laboratories.
- 1982 to present
President, Restorart Inc.
Conservation and restoration services for the private, public,
commercial, institutional, and corporate sectors.
- 1978 to 1982
Conservator / Restorer, private practice, Toronto
- 1975 to 1978
Training, private practice, Montreal
- CAPC, Conservator
Specialization in paintings, Canadian Association of Professional Conservators, 1994
- PA AIC, Professional Associate
American Institute of Conservation, 1995
- CAHP, Professional Member
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, 1997
Charles Mervyn Ruggles Award, CAC/ACCR
In recognition of outstanding contributions and achievement in fine art conservation science, treatment, training, and/or education, for development work in the field of fine art conservation in Canada, and for promoting the ethics and ideals expressed in the CAC/CAPC Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice.
Current and Recent Project Highlights
- September 2007 to December 2008
Kenneth R. Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
Assessment, treatment specifications, and treatment of over 650 Canadian paintings and European and First Nations artefacts from the collection of Kenneth R. Thomson, in preparation for installation in the Frank Gehry designed galleries of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
- August 2006
Hockey Hall of Fame, CNE, Ron Satok Mural
Design and implementation of prepatory and restorative treatments for the removal of the Ron Satok mural from the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and reinstallation into the newly constructed National Soccer Stadium.
- April to December 2006
George Reid and Doris McCarthy Murals, Toronto
Condition survey, treatment design specifications, and treatment for the two painted mural suites at the Earlscourt Library, Dufferin St. and St. Clair Ave., Toronto, built in the early 1900’s by the Carnegie Foundation.
- July to November 2003
St. Patrick’s Basilica, Ottawa
Condition survey and treatment design for the complete general interior conservation and restoration. Awarded $375,000 contract to assemble and lead a highly skilled team of conservators, restorers, and technicians.
- March to April 2003
Eaton’s College Street, 7th Floor, Toronto
Conservation and restoration of the four large site specific Natasha Carlu murals in the Art Deco Round Room designed by Jacques Carlu.
- April 2002 to 2005
York Theatre Murals, Montreal / Toronto
Complete conservation and restoration of three surviving Art Moderne murals, each 12' x 5', reinstalled into the Amphitheatre of the new Engineering and Computer Sciences / Visual Arts Building for Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus in 2004.
- December 2002
Toronto Dominion Bank, Vancouver
British Columbia Pageant, Charles Comfort, 1951
Emergency assessment, treatment design and implementation of the removal of this 64’ x 10’ oil on canvas mural from a wall site slated for demolition.
- February 1999 to January 2000
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa
General Interior Restoration Project. Awarded $650,000 contract to design and implement treatment protocols, and to assemble and lead a team of highly skilled conservators and restorers.
- May 1998 to May 2006
Library of Parliament, Ottawa
Heritage Conservation Consultant for the Conservation, Rehabilitation, and Upgrade Project, 1998-2006, providing condition surveys, conservation strategies, and treatment specifications for the interior and exterior heritage elements, and to advise the Joint Venture Group of Architects on conservation related strategies and treatments.
- December 1999 to March 2000
Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto
Heritage conservation consultant for the emergency assessment and treatment design for the interior fire restoration project of the historically designated Main Banking Hall at 44 King St. West.
- 1996 to present
The Estate of Kenneth R. Thomson and the Collection of David K. R. Thomson
Treatment of art and artefacts in the private collections of Kenneth (since 1983) and David Thomson (since 1990). In the spring of 2003, accepted an invitation to represent their interests in all conservation related matters and issues regarding their collections, and to continue ongoing treatments of their remarkable Canadian and International art and artefacts holdings.
- 1996 to 2006
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Toronto
Conservation and restoration treatments of the portrait collection of commanding officers residing in the Officers Mess of Canada’s oldest regiment.
Past Projects Highlights
- February 1999
St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto
Conservation consultant and conservator providing emergency condition assessment and treatments to Group of Seven heritage wall murals.
- June to October 1994
Power Corporation, Montreal
The Four Seasons, Claude Le Sauteur, 1994
Rotunda Walls, Head Office, Phase 1: Preparation and installation of four 12' x 6' oil on canvas murals, on specially designed and constructed simple-curved fibreglass panels. Rotunda Cupola, Head Office, Phase 2: Preparation and installation of four 12' x 11' and four 6' x 11' oil on canvas murals, on specially designed and constructed compound-curved fibreglass panels.
- May to November 1994
New City Hall, Toronto
Toronto 1908, Owen Staples, 1913
Complete conservation and restoration of a 16' x 5' historical oil on canvas painting.
- June to August 1993
St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto
Conservation and restoration of interior structural plaster ornamentation, and emergency treatment of selected Group of Seven wall murals.
- June to October 1992
Currie Hall, Royal Military College, Kingston
Designed by Percy Erskine Nobbs and dedicated 1922
Complete interior conservation and restoration.
CIBC, 25 King West, Toronto
The History of Transport, Arthur Crisp, circa 1920
Complete conservation and restoration of fourteen 16' x 9' and two 10' x 7' oil on canvas wall murals.
Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto
The Industries of Canada, Charles Comfort, circa 1930
Complete conservation and restoration of eight 16' x 5' oil on canvas stretched murals.
- 1990 / 1991
St. Paul the Apostle, Jusepe de Ribera, 1632
Discovery, complete conservation and restoration treatments, research and presentation to the public of this 51" x 41" oil on canvas painting
Rape of the Sabine Women, after Pietro da Cortona, 18th century
Complete conservation and restoration of this 9' x 13' oil on canvas painting, and the installation of a constant tension stretcher.
The Christening of Princess Elizabeth, M. W. Peters, 1790
Complete conservation and restoration of this 10' x 14' oil on canvas painting from the historic Boydell collection, London, and the installation of a continuous tension stretcher.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works | Accredited Member
Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property | Member
Canadian Association of Professional Conservators | Accredited Member
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals | Professional Member
International Council of Museums | Member
International Institute for Conservation | Member
Research and Development
- Conservator’s Stretcher™
Design, manufacture, and marketing of structural support systems for paintings of various media and substrates, known as the Conservator’s Stretcher ™.
- Continuous Tension Stretcher System
Development of a continuous tension stretcher system for production implementation (U.S. Patent #4635700).
- Conservator’s Wax™
Design and manufacture of coatings products for the conservation profession, including varnishes and wax systems, most notably Conservator’s Wax ™.
President, Restorart Inc. (1982), specializing in the treatment of paintings and artefacts, in private practice since 1976.
President, Conservator’s Products Company (Canada) Ltd . (1987), involved in the manufacture, supply, and distribution of BEVA ® products, Conservator’s Wax ™, and other conservation materials.
Designed, developed and marketed a modified traditional wooden stretcher system under the trade name Conservator’s Stretcher ™, manufactured in Canada using a renewable resource material (basswood), and distributed throughout Canada and the United States by Chaloria Wood Arts Inc. Prototype feasibility studies currently underway to produce an economically viable continuous tension stretcher system based on U.S. Patent #4635700, a stress responsive support system alternative for paintings.
Accredited as a Conservator specializing in paintings by the CAPC (Canadian Association of Professional Conservators) in 1994, and accredited Professional Associate of the AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) in 1995.
Internship training made available for national and international post graduate candidates since 1994.
Guest lecturer for numerous professional organizations, institutions, and associations.
Publications and Presentations
Creativity and Conservation 2013 Conference, St. John, Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC-ACCR)
Reflections on the Primacy of the Image in Connoisseurship and Conservation 2010 Conference, Milwaukee, American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
Reflections on the Primacy of the Image and Authenticity in Connoisseurship and Conservation 2009 Conference, Vancouver, Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC-ACCR)
Some Lining Techniques Using BEVA Solution and BEVA Gel: Notes from the Bench Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation, Volume 27, 2002. Canadian Association for Conservation
The Examination and Analysis of the Interior and Exterior Decorative Elements of the Library of Parliament Joint paper presented at the National Gallery of Canada with Jane Sirois (CCI - Canadian Conservation Institute), Elizabeth Moffat (CCI), Kate Helwig (CCI), and Susan Stock (ROM - Royal Ontario Museum) The Conservation of Heritage Interiors - Symposium 2000, Ottawa, Canadian Conservation Institute
Treatment of a 17th Century Madonna and Child Tondo , Attributed to Angielo Caroselli 1994 Conference, Toronto, The International Institute for Conservation - Canadian Group
The Restoration of the Interior Decoration of Currie Hall, Royal Military College, Kingston Joint paper presented with Lily Inglis (Consulting Architect) and Professor Ian Hodkinson, Queen’s University (Conservation Consultant). 1994 Conference, Toronto The International Institute for Conservation - Canadian Group
Ribera’s St. Paul: The Anatomy of a Discovery Joint paper presented with Professor Ian Hodkinson, Queen’s University, at the National Gallery of Canada. 1992 Conference, Ottawa The International Institute for Conservation - Canadian Group
Treatment of a 10' x 14' 18th Century Historical Painting and the Installation of a Continuous Tension Stretcher 1989 Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland The International Institute for Conservation - Canadian Group