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Notices - September
Canvas Stocks   Covid 19 has had an impact on all of our international trading partners. As a consequence, the orders that we placed with some of those suppliers have been delayed due to the effects of "lock downs" in thier own countries. Our normal supplies of canvas like RT12 have been affected and we have in many cases reverted to the DX350 canvas that we used to use for the bulk of our production. While still a good canvas, it is quite differently textured to the RT12.
The good news is our new stocks of RT12 and other canvas products is presently on its way and will be available at the end of September.

Specials  Due to the shortage of our normal stocks of canvas, we have suspended our normal tendency to have one of our product lines on special each month. We expect to resume specials in October.

Large Canvases Due to Get Larger Included with our new stocks of canvas due at the end of September, we have several rolls of 3000 mm extra wide canvas. For the first time, we will be able to make stretched canvases larger than 1930 mm wide.

Price Increase Due  Our last change of pricing was November 2013. Unfortunately, we have received price increases from all of our suppliers over the intervenening time and with more recent increases in the costs of canvas, stretcher bar molding, and shipping costs, we need to revisit our pricing. While we are updateing the prices, we are taking the opportunity to change some of our bulk pack sizes to suit the couriers requirements better, introduce some new bulk pack sizes and some new canvases sizes that seem to have become popular, including re-introducing our 19 mm deep Light-weight Exhibition Grade canvases and Pre-made Stretcher Frames.




MASTERART HEAVY DUTY PROFESSIONAL GRADE CANVASES:


Masterart proudly produces some of the larger canvases made in New Zealand. We have had years of experience building the best artists grade canvases in New Zealand. a consideable amount of time has gone into research, testing of materials, applying different methods of assembly and stretching of canvases, which means that the canvas that you buy from Tanji's Art Supplies will endure well in to the future.


Masterart Professional Grade Canvases come with our pre-primed, ready to use 350 gsm (12 oz) polyester / cotton blended canvas are are ideal for those artists wanting professionally hand stretched canvases for all art works, big or small. Made with our Heavy Duty, 32 mm deep kiln dried, radiata pine, interlocking stretcher bars that are made in New Zealand at our Tauranga factory, Masterart canvases are suitable for oils, acrylic and mixed media artists.

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MASTERART EXTRA DEEP CANVASES: 65 mm deep


Masterart EXTRA DEEP canvases are designed to give a strong 3 dimenensional effect to your art work. Made from 65 mm deep laminated stretcher bar that are extra strong, Extra Deep stretched canvases are hand made for your exact size requirements.


Like all Masterart Professional Grade Canvases SE65 canvases come standard with our pre-primed, ready to use 350 gsm (12 oz) polyester/cotton blended canvas and are ideal for those artists wanting professionally hand stretched canvases for all art works, big or small. However, for artists that want a stronger texture, we can provide these canvases with a 14oz 100% cotton canvas.
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Large Format Canvases

Masterart is one of New Zealand's leading producer of very large artists stretched canvases. As a dedicated manufaturer of artists surfaces, we produce all of our own canvas supports in-house which means that we can customise our products to suit the requirements of our artist clients.

In New Zealand, the fine arts industry is quite unique to most of the rest of the world. New Zealand artist tend to want to spend their time painting or 'doing what they do best' which means that artist prefer to buy their surfaces ready to use without the time consuming requirement of having to assemble, stretch, size and prime their surfaces. Masterart Ltd has developed to become an expert producer of high quality artists surfaces, supplying to many of the leading artists in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

There is something special about really big artworks. While Masterart does produce stretched canvases up to 4800 mm long, most large format canvases are not that big. However, serious consideration needs to go in to the construction of large canvases as the stresses and strains of constantly adjusting tension needs to be accomodated.

The textiles utilised to produce Large format canvases need to be sufficiently strong to support the paint film. Masterart Utilises its own unique pre-primed canvases to produce large format stretched canvases that are designed to enable a degree of expansion and contraction.

Timber has been the material most commonly utilised to manufacture canvas supports. It is readily available and relatively cheap. However wood tends to have inherant properties that can cause issues such as twisting and bowing as a result of temperature or humidity fluctuations even quite some years after installation.

Masterart DURA-STRETCH aluminium stretcher bars are a uniquely designed canvas support made specifically to over come many of the issues that are related to timber stretcher bars. Because Masterart DURA-STRETCH stretcher bars are so much stronger and stiffer than traditional wooden frames, they are more suited to large format canvases. However, many New Zealand artists now utilise DURA-STRETCH canvases exclusively as they are ideal for shipping overseas without concerns for biosecurity issues and are suitable for environments that have high humidity or subject to large temperature and humidity fluctuations which can cause deformation and deterioration of the canvas.

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