Felix Thornton-Jones is a London based restorer and conservator of sculpture and fine art. He owns and runs his studio, Thornton-Jones restoration Ltd., in south west London. The studio serves the fine art markets based around Mayfair, with many of the leading art dealers, auction houses and private collectors calling upon his studios expertise.
The QEST scholarship was awarded to Felix in 2007 to attend a Masters of Conservation of Archaeological Materials programme in Xi’an, China. This programme was run jointly by Bologna University (Italy) and Xi’an Jiatong University (China), with the study and in-the-field experience taking place in Xi’an, famed for being the home of the Terracotta Warriors and the ancient capital of China.
The scholarship allowed Felix to expand his skill base, both theoretical and practical, in conservation of various sculptural materials. This augmented an earlier Bachelors degree in conservation and seven years of working in the industry. This all led up to the establishment of his own studio in 2008 upon completion of the Masters programme.
Since the establishment of the conservation studio in 2008 the studio has steadily grown and the scope of the clients and commissions has increased in breadth and importance. The studio specialises in the conservation & restoration of marble, terracotta, stone, polychrome wood and other sculptural materials used in the production of fine works of sculpture. These objects can be from any epoch and civilizations, from ancient Egyptian through to contemporary 20th century sculptors. Many of the artworks Felix and his studio are commissioned to work on ultimately find homes in the major global museums and leading private collections. Felix plans to continue to grow the business and would like to work towards becoming an fully accredited conservator by ICON (the industry governing body).