Dr Xavier Aure joined the Centre for Print Research (CFPR) as an early career Research Fellow as part of the Expanding Excellence in England investment from Research England in November 2019. Funded by the National Gallery via an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Dr Aure completed his PhD at the CFPR on the topic of 2.5D and 3D technologies applied to the conservation and presentation of surface texture in paintings.
His research explores practical workflows for the generation of high-quality 3D replicas of cultural heritage objects and its applications to scientific documentation of artworks, online engagement and tactile reproductions. Through collaborative applied research he is also developing affordable custom scanning systems to record surface texture and colour information to produce high-resolution digital assets.
He has been awarded a UWE Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Development Award (20/21) for the project ‘A 3D surface scanner: development of workflows and processing algorithms.’ This project, in collaboration with the National Gallery, approaches the 3D digitisation of artefacts in a novel combination of methods to guarantee a scientific workflow when digitally capturing and processing data. The research findings will also inform the potential of the scanning methodology for use in other industrial and commercial applications. Dr Aure designed and developed the prototype scanner in 2019 through an Immersion Collaboration Grant from the South West Creative Technology Network.
He has also been involved in the digitisation of artworks for the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Guildhall Art Gallery, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and collaborated with the Museum of Bristol to generate a 3D model for the BBC Civilisations AR app. He is currently working with the Woburn Abbey Collection and the Holburne Museum in Bath to display the results of the 3D digitisation of an 18th century painting by the Italian artist Canaletto for an upcoming exhibition in early 2021.
Before joining the CFPR, he worked in the cultural heritage industry for 15 years. He holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Barcelona and the Fine Arts Academy in Venice where he specialised in Conservation of Cultural Heritage. In 2009, he received a Masters in Conservation of Easel Paintings from Northumbria University in Newcastle. Since 2010 he has been working in the conservation and restoration of paintings and historic interiors in the UK and abroad.
3D acquisition technologies; 3D reconstruction; Art ＆ Science collaboration; Cultural Heritage; Art conservation
BA, MA, PhD