Master Heritage Painters, Decorators & Artists

Professional Heritage Painters

covid-19 safe heritage paintersWith 47 years of experience, Covid-19 safe master heritage painters Lancaster Painters Australia are committed to the conservation, restoration, reconstruction and beautification of heritage commercial and residential buildings including houses, as well as Churches throughout Australia. Fully licensed and qualified with full liability insurance, heritage painter Lancaster Painters Australia works to the latest National OHS/WHS policies. Our top quality workmanship is performed to no less than the Australian Industry Standards. We are heritage listed for federal, state and local heritage work in multiple states of Australia. We provide professional heritage services for Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, including sensitive heritage conservation-restoration and superior quality heritage painting and decorating using highly specialised traditional heritage decorative finishes.

Our Professional Heritage Services

Professional Painters Adelaide

Heritage Conservation-Restoration

Sensitive traditional heritage conservation, restoration and reconstruction. Professional superior quality commercial and residential heritage painting, decorating, furniture, art.

Traditional Heritage Finishes

Traditional heritage finishes boast heritage colour schemes, traditional heritage paints such as soft distempers, tallow lime wash etc. and beautiful decorative arts finishes.

Heritage Art & Conservation

Heritage art, trompe l’oeil, Renaissance art, cartouches, frescoes, fine art, sign writing,  art conservation-restoration, Chinoiserie, leadlight, Gothic & Pugin designs, heraldry.

Lead Asbestos Moisture Scrapings

Safe lead and asbestos testing and removal, moisture testing, professional and sensitive heritage paint scrapings and analysis etc.

Heritage Wallpaper Restoration

Heritage wallpaper restoration, cleaning, repair, hanging and installation. William Morris, hand painted wallpaper, Anaglypta.

Furniture Restoration Service

Antique furniture restoration service incl. bosieres, armoires, staining, French polish, furniture art & designs, gilding and more.

Heritage projects in Sydney include the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney Parliament House, Highroyd House in Annadale, Rivendell Great Hall and more. Our Adelaide projects boast the Adelaide Town Hall, the Museum for Economic Botany, the Port Adelaide Historical Society and so many more. Melbourne projects include “Auld Reekie” National Trust house in Parkville. We also performed heritage furniture restoration work in the Wesley Uniting Church in Hobart. Lancaster Painters Australia are heritage listed in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, and a member of the National Trust of Australia. Visit our heritage projects page to see our commercial projects, residential projects and heritage Church work.

Professional Traditional Painting

Traditional Heritage Painting & Sign Writing

Traditional Sign Writing Art Painting

As master heritage painters trained by English and Scottish master craftsmen with their City and Guilds qualifications in painting and decorating, our skills are included as part of the Lost Trades. We provide authentic, traditional and historic heritage finishes. Being traditional tradespeople, we focus on the preservation of the knowledge of craft work specific to historic building technologies of both traditional and non-traditional materials. We conform to the Burra Charter and are able to provide painting methods that are reproduced using the same paint methods and materials employed after which painting methods began to dominate the industry.

We base our work on exhaustive and continuous research into methods, materials, techniques and styles. Being master heritage painters, each job is individually hand painted by skilled artisans without compromises in quality, historical accuracy or consistency. Working from original paint scrapings, we have successfully reproduced paint finishes and decorative finishes by understanding documentary evidence and have accurately reproduced the style, character and look of the original period look. Our experience includes the stabilising and application of lead and milk paints, soft distempers and tallow lime wash. We are committed to using the correct type of superior quality paint and materials for all our heritage work. See our traditional heritage painting.

Professional Traditional Painting

Restoring Our Heritage

The Advertiser

Traditional Heritage Restoration Trade Skills

“The Advertiser” heritage restoration and trade skills interview with Gary Lancaster on Adelaide Now. Filmed in historical “Ayers House”, it features photos of his work in Sydney NSW and Adelaide SA. Watch the interview.

Restoring Our Heritage

Restoring Our Heritage Skills Youtube Video by Heritage Painters

Filmed by SkillsOne, this video clip features the work of Gary Lancaster and of the late Ronnie Webster. It was filmed at the Master Builders “Building & Home Improvement Show“. Please see more information and watch the video clip.

Building Ideas Episode

Master Builders Association Building Ideas Youtube Video by Heritage Painters

Master Builders Association “Building Ideas” TV show filmed the work of GD & JA Lancaster, now Lancaster Painters Australia. It features our heritage work in heritage listed “Northampton” residence and  Auchendarroch House.

The Botanic Museum

The Museum of Economic Botany is the only museum of economic botany in Australia. We reconstructed the original heritage paintwork, colour schemes, designs including hand painted stencils, and gilding of 22 karat gold leaf.

Professional Traditional Painting

Heritage Skills Training

Melbourne University Heritage Painters Heritage Presentation and Workshop for Graduate Architects by heritage painter Gary Lancaster

In February 2013, Master Heritage Painter Gary Lancaster was invited by Associate Professor Donald Ellsmore to demonstrate and run a workshop of heritage specialist painting skills for the graduate architects of the University of Melbourne. Specialist skills included hand painted marbling, wood graining, stencils, colour matching, Venetian Plaster, Marmarino, Chinoiserie and hand painted Anaglypta wallpaper. Gary is passionate about retaining traditional heritage skills for future generations to enjoy. Without the training of skills and supply of the historic tools used by past masters, such finishes are becoming a dying art and need to be retained by future generations. For more information, read more about traditional heritage skills.

Traditional Painting Adelaide Melbourne Sydney

Decorative Finishes by Heritage Painters

Traditional Decorative Heritage Finishes Australia

Photos above: Gary Lancaster meticulously applied traditional heritage finishes in “Auld Reekie” National Trust House and The Thomas Walker Estate of Concord West hospital Rivendell Great Hall. The heritage reconstruction work included painted colour schemes to match the original paint and colour schemes, traditional sign writing and application of 22 karat gold leaf to the lettering, cleaning and repair of stained glass windows, reconstruction of heritage decorative finishes, designs and motifs, and more. See our heritage glass art and leadlight.

Heritage Leadlight & Glass Art

Heritage Painters Australia Leadlight Glass Art Painting

Tower House Heritage Finish

Hand Painted Faux Carrara Marble Fireplace

Tower House Fireplace – Application Of Faux Carrara Marble


I have pleasure in recommending Mr Gary Lancaster as an outstanding artist and craftsman in the field of faux marble.

There are six fireplace surrounds in Tower House which are made of Carrara marble and one such made of intricately carved slate. Mr Lancaster has treated the slate mantelpiece and pilasters so cleverly and artistically that they are now indistinguishable from those made from Italian marble. In fact, so expertly has the conversion been effectuated that the faux marble fireplace, because of the intricacy of its mouldings, now looks superior to the fireplaces in most of the other rooms.

In addition to his extraordinary creative skills Mr Lancaster is a student of heritage craftsmanship, and he brings to his work a broad and deep knowledge of the various crafts which have contributed to the South Australian architectural tradition.

I was impressed by the fact that Mr Lancaster was able to offer a firm quotation for the work that was required, together with exact dates for the commencement and completion of the work. These guarantees were scrupulously adhered to.

My experience of Gary Lancaster’s work is limited to this single article; but based upon that experience, I have confidence in recommending him as a superb craftsman who is both artistic and knowledgeable, and who adheres firmly to ethical principles.

Graham Jenkin

Tower House

4 June 2023

North Adelaide Heritage Painting Decorating

Reference: Gary Lancaster

Gary Lancaster worked as a painter and decorator on our heritage (Victorian) home in North Adelaide during 2021 – 2023.

He was always polite, punctual, reliable and provided clear quotations for his work, accompanied by a contract.

He has extensive experience and deep knowledge of authentic design and colours appropriate for historical properties of different eras. He is skilled at faux marbling, wood graining and wallpaper choice and application. He was willing to share his understanding and experience with us in a generous and helpful way.

The end result is a beautiful home, evidenced by the accompanying photographs.

If you are looking for a genuine and skilled craftsman to provide advice and practical workmanship, we recommend him.

Ian Hamer

June 2023

Traditional Heritage Finishes

Work Health & Safety Officer

Lancaster Painters Australia are a very professional company. Gary is an exceptional painter with many years of experience in painting and restoration of buildings and furniture as well as lead lighting. I have engaged Gary for various painting and restoration jobs and tasks at a well known South Australian wine company. Gary has completed both painting of interior and exterior of heritage listed buildings and also restoration of furniture, wainscoting and dado railing of a prestigious building within the site. Gary is a friendly person who is very knowledgeable and also passionate about all things painting. I would highly recommend Lancaster Painters Australia for any type of painting or restoration work, particularly heritage restoration.

Company Work Health & Safety Officer.

Traditional Heritage Finishes

Heritage Painters Lancaster Painters Australia Australian Owned and Operated Business As professional master heritage painters who have been taught by English and Scottish masters of the trade, our heritage painting and decorative finishing skills have been developed over many years through training and experience. Heritage painter Gary Lancaster is able to skilfully and respectfully replicate the skill of the historical masters of the past and the beauty of their work. We offer traditional decorative finishes for Adelaide Sydney and Melbourne. They include faux (fake) finishes, faux marbling, stone and wood graining; heritage stencils and stencilling, heritage motifs and designs, gilding (gold leaf, silver leaf, mica powders etc.), decorative ceiling roses and cornices, wallpapering services, scumbling, glazing, ragging, sponging, soft distempers, washes (colour wash, tallow lime wash, French wash etc.), trompe l’oeil, fresco, strié, Venetian plaster and so much more. Heritage painter Gary Lancaster meticulously applies all his heritage finishes by hand. See our beautiful heritage decorative finishes.