Richard H. Kornemann


Richard Kornemann is a native Washingtonian who started painting at age eight. Later, he chose concentrated private studies in etching at the Potomac Graphic Society with Vincent Stewart, a former instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and in oil painting with Joseph Kelly.

Lazslo Bencsik, founder of the Bencsik Gallery, Ltd. in Washington, DC, provided Mr. Kornemann the opportunity to learn frame restoration and gilding from a fine European craftsman and artist. When Mr. Bencsik’s talent won him the position of custom picture framer for the White House, Richard took over ownership of the Bencsik Gallery, eventually moving it to Frederick, MD and renaming it “Museum Shop LLC”

In addition to his artwork, Mr. Kornemann’s private research and study of restoration techniques have earned him past recommendations from museums and galleries of national renown.  His fire restoration expertise has been put to use by insurance companies like Chubb and Aetna, specialty museums such as the one at Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania, and various prominent private citizens who were in need of disaster recovery. Among his restoration successes are original art by Whistler, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Toulouse-Lautrec, and documents signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams. Included in his scientific research are studies using radiographs and ultraviolet and infrared photography.

Today, Richard works principally in oils, watercolors, and etching. He accepts private commissions as time permits and created the large paintings that set the mood for a restaurant in White Flint Mall. The editors of the book “Artists’ Market ’76”, a national art guide, chose Richard as the subject of one of only five cameos. His work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress Copyright Division. The Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution a full page on the Smithsonian Castle. The Smithsonian Castle Collection, Smithsonian Institution

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