In 1968 Mr. Wales and Mr. Tsaousis found a young art school graduate named Peter Tysver who showed an aptitude for art restoration and took him on as an apprentice.
When Tsaousis died in 1986, Mr. Wales decided to retire and Mr. Tysver took over the business. In a way similar to his own introduction to the field of art restoration, a young artist, named Gregory Bishop, applied to the company for an apprenticeship. Mr. Bishop was hired in 1990 and was meticulously trained by Mr. Tysver in all aspects of painting conservation and restoration of the course of several years.
Mr. Bishop and Mr. Tysver eventually became business partners and the business has prospered and grown over the years. After 50 years with Oliver Brothers, Mr. Tysver decided to retire. He is still with the company on part-time basis.
After Mr. Tysver’s retirement in 2017, Greg Bishop assumed the role of the firm’s chief executive officer.
After more than a century and a half of being in continues operation, the company’s goals, mission and culture have not changed. In a manner similar to the studios of the Old Masters, the continuity of Oliver Brothers has been maintained for over one hundred and seventy years from its inception to the present day.
OLIVER BROTHERS COLLECTION EXHIBIT
We have preserved and have on display many old tools, pigments, brushes, jars and countless other items used by the Oliver Brothers restorers over the years. While we are not using the original vacuum press from 1920’s, the engine is still operational. We would be happy to give a demonstration / tour to all who would like to learn more.
We have digitized and published all magazine and newspaper articles about the company we found so far. If anyone has any additional information please let us know.