Restoration artist Lou McClung has been rescuing and restoring religious statuary for over ten years. He uses the skills he has gained through construction work and as a professional make-up artist, to breathe new life into damaged or neglected statuary. Contact him at 216-228-9950 to begin your restoration project.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pope

 Before and After

Pope
From: Chicago
Material: plaster and horse hair
Date: mid 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Notes: Restored from monochrome to polychrome by airbrushing using gold flakes suspended in a lacquer base to enhance the depth and shimmer of the gold.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

St. Terese



St. Terese
From: St. Hyacinth Parish Cleveland, OH (closed 2009)
Material: plaster, horse hair and glass eyes
Date: mid 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Notes: Had been re-painted at an earlier date; re-painted by Lou








St. Rita

 
 
 
St. Rita
From: Private Collection
Material: plaster
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Notes: Base of the statue had to be re-built and re-plastered and then the statue was re-painted.
 
 
 
 
 
 



St. Sebastian

 
 
 
 

St. Sebastian
From: St. George Parish Cleveland, OH (closed 2009)
Material: plaster
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
 
 
 


 



Sacred Heart Jesus

 

Sacred Heart Jesus
From: St. Joseph's Cleveland, OH
Material: plaster and horse hair
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Location: Museum of Divine Statues
Notes: The statue had been re-painted at an earlier date but was refinished by Lou in a softer palette. 



Risen Christ


Risen Christ
From: St. George Cleveland, OH (closed 2009)
Material: plaster and horse hair
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Location: Museum of Divine Statues
Notes: The right arm had to be repaired and re-attached. The statue was re-painted and the pennant was recreated and attached to the original cross.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

 
 
 
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
From: St. Margaret of Hungary Orange, OH (closed 2009)
Material: plaster and horse hair
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Notes: This work is considered and icon rather then a statue. The two angel on either side of the shoulders of Mary are Sts. Raphael and Michael. The vibrant colors are in keeping with the original.
 
 
 



Mother of Grace

 

Mother of Grace
From: Holy Trinity Church Barberton, OH (closed 2009)
Material: plaster and horse hair
Date: 1920's
Manufacturer: Daprato
Location: Museum of Divine Statues
Notes: Statue cast in Toronto


Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes
From: Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel in Lorain, OH
Material: plaster
Date: mid 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Location: Museum of Divine Statues
Notes: Lou was able to find the original stencil for the decoration on the veil for restoration.

 
Lou working on the veil restoration


Virgin Mary

 
 



Virgin Mary
From: St. Catherine's Church, Cleveland (closed 2007)
Material: plaster
Date: mid 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Location: Museum of Divine Statues
Notes: The statue had been painted one color and had to be re-painted in polychrome.

St. Alphonsus Ligouri




Title: St. Alphonsus Ligouri
From: Private Collection
Material: plaster horse hair
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Notes: The right hand of the statue was missing and had to be made fabricated from a mold made from a model and built so that it could hold the cross (which is original) and still look like it belonged with the figure. The staff of the crozier was missing and had to be replaced.


St. Joseph

 
 
St. Joseph
From: Holy Trinity in Barberton, OH (closed 2009)
Material: plaster, horse hair, hand-blown glass eyes
Date: early 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
 

Incarnate Word

 
 
Incarnate Word - Christ Child
From: Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Belleview, OH
Material: plaster and horse hair and hand-blown glass eyes
Date: 1926
Manufacturer: Daprato
Notes: Had been over-painted, restored to original condition.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holy Family



Holy Family
From: St. Procop Church, Cleveland (closed 2009)
Material: Plaster
Date: Mid 20th century
Manufacturer: Daprato
Location: Museum of Divine Statues, Lakewood, OH
Notes: Was painted over to resemble while marble. Lou restored it to original polychome finish.

New York Times Article about Lou McClung's Restoration

Link: New York Times

Statue Restoration by Lou McCLung

Museum of Dvine Statues Video From Fox 8 News Cleveland









Angels


Altar Angels
From: Commission
Material: Plaster and horse hair
Date: 1920's
Manufacturer: Daprato
Current Location: Private collection
Notes: Were originally wired for electricity. Missing portions of plaster were repaired and both pieces were repainted.

St. Aloysius

St. Aloysius of Gonzaga
From: Christ the King Church in Cleveland (closed 2011)
Material: Plaster and horse hair
Date: Mid 20th century
Manufacturer: Unknown
Location: Museum of Divine Statues, Lakewood, OH
Notes: Special attention was given to make the cassock and suplice look more realistic and adding a lace detail around the sleeves and bottom. The cross was added in reconstruction.