Chris Cloutier is proud to have been restoring Art, Paper and Posters in New York City since 1987. A Brandywine Trained Artist in his own right, Mr. Cloutier was a student of Artist Charles J. Andres of Berwick Academy, Joe Kidd of the Arts Students League and Marshall Arisman of the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Cloutier apprenticed for several years with Larry Toth, the Master of poster restoration in New York City (now retired) as well as with Master oil painting restorers James Yost and Tatinana Elisseyeff of Russia. Cloutier is now the oldest Veteran of this field in New York.
QUESTIONS about Poster Collecting and Conserving? Those of you who have not had original posters Linen backed or restored should ask yourself these questions:
a) Is my Poster Worth Restoring? (sentimental value or market value)
b) Will the Restoration approach enhance or detract from its long-term value?
c) What are my OPTIONS and how much should I spend on Restoration?
Personal vs. Market Value
While you can invest time studying Auction catalogs and prices realized lists to find market value, it is importent that a collector have a personal feeling about the art he or she collects. Sentimental value can far outweigh anything else. Building a good collection is often based on personal priorities and taste.
Mr. Cloutier can offer Consultations, Estimates and Advice regarding these issues. Our Services page tells you what we offer. Our Links page contains many good sources for poster research and collecting.