Cyndie Lack

My credentials:

  • Master of Art Conservation (MAC) degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • Commonwealth Scholar internship in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
  • Accredited member of CAPC (Canadian Association of Professional Conservators) in the specialization of easel paintings

I am also a member of CAC (Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property).

My conservation studio is a dedicated, custom-designed space with climate control and a monitored security system.

After studying paintings conservation in Canada and the UK, I established the first private, professional art conservation practice in Alberta in 1990, and in 2015, relocated my business to Vancouver Island. While I have a particular interest in 19th century works, I’ve treated paintings dated from the 17th century to the present day.

The above image is a simplied version of a detail from the 14th century fresco by Ambrogio Lorenzetti “The Allegory of Good Government.”

Conservation may be seen as an intervention or amelioration of the ravages of time. As temporary custodians of artworks, each owner posseses the ability to participate in this intervention, represented by the seated figure holding the hourglass. A symmetrical form, the hourglass symbol may also be seen to represent balance. Conservators balance the need for intervention with informed respect for all aspects of an artwork’s culturally significant qualities, often referred to as “minimal intervention.”

Cyndie on site at the Alberta Legislature for the project “Edmonton Legislature Building, Evaluation of Portraits and Mounting Hardware,” Cyndie Lack Paintings Conservator and Burgess Bredo Architect Ltd., 2016.
At work on the mural “Colour Fields II” by Angela Grootelaar, City of St. Albert Public Art Collection
Cyndie Lack Royal Alberta Museum
Delivering a workshop on the care and handling, packing and transportation of paintings for staff of the Royal Alberta Museum