Joe Abbrescia Jr., Biography

Joe Abbrescia Jr working in his art estoration studio in Montana.

Joe Abbrescia Jr working in his art estoration studio in Montana.

  • Adherence to Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice published by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC).
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities gained by practical experience
  • Body of tools, equipment, materials, practices, procedures, and methods gained by practical application through apprenticeships served under my father, Joseph L. Abbrescia at The Abbrescia Art Gallery in Kalispell, Montana and my uncle, Dominick Abbrescia at The Village Art School in Skokie, Illinois.
  • General knowledge and training in the arts began at a very early stage of my childhood and continued to the time of my father’s passing in 2005. 
  • Extensive training in color theory, color matching, and painting.
  • Apprenticeship
    • 1988 – 1991, The Village Art School, under Dominick Abbrescia 
    • 1999 – 2005, The Abbrescia Art Gallery, under Joseph Abbrescia 
  • Transition into Private Practice
    • 2005 – 2006, Continuity of existing work in-house after the death of my father.
    • 2006 – Present, Business Owner, Abbrescia Art Restoration, LLC
  • Supplement practical training with various readings and publications, some of my favorites are:
    • “Journal of the AmericanInstitute for Conservation” (JAIC)
    • “The Materials of the Artist & Their Use in Painting with Notes on the Techniques of the Old Masters” by Max Doerner
    • “AIC Paintings Specialty Group Postprints”
Maynard Dixon oil painting during test

Maynard Dixon oil painting during test


Oscar G. Berninghaus, Edward Irving Couse, Joseph DeCamp, Maynard Dixon, John Fery, Frank Tenney Johnson, William Gollings, Phillip Goodwin, E. Martin Hennings, Sidney Lawrence, Edmund H. Osthaus, Edgar Payne, Edgar Paxson, Carl Rungius, C.M. Russell, O.C. Seltzer, and Joseph Henry Sharp.


Clients range from private collectors, to art dealers, and from auction houses to museums specifically: the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture (MMAC) at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana.

References available upon request. 

Joe Abbrescia Jr., has a vocation in art restoration and art conservation services of fine art oil paintings, to help save and maintain America's treasures for future generations.

Joe Abbrescia Conservator's Advice to Artists

Joseph L. Abbrescia (1936-2005)