Shipping policy

All orders over $100.00 shipped for free: Any order that you place with us with a value over $100.00 is shipped for free anywhere in New Zealand. (Terms and Conditions apply)** Note: Oversize canvases that require door to door shipping may incur additional costs

Tanji's Art Supplies has become recognised as one of New Zealands leading suppliers of professionally made artists surfaces and components for making and stretching art canvases. Whether you are looking for hand crafted cradled panels or stretched canvases of the highest quality, Masterart artists surfaces specialise in producing what you need in a durable art surface.
We produce all of our stretcher bars and art panels in our factory located in rural Tauranga and ship all over the world including the Pacific Islands, Australia and the UK. Our ability to produce our own stretcher bars in aluminium and kiln dried pine mean that we can make almost any custom sized canvas that an artist desires and ship them anywhere in New Zealand.
Because we are a specialist producer of art surfaces, we also produce custom stretcher frames for picture framing houses as well as digital printing companies and will often stretch finished paintings or large format print images.


January 2022
Big Increase in Art Sale
Many of our customers have been experiencing a significant increase in demand for their art which is fantastic and arguably the fine arts industry in New Zealand is the most buoyant it has ever been. Reputedly, this level of investment in fine art is not a localised phenomenon and other countries are experiencing a similar trend.

However, the increase in demand has affected our ability to produce canvases within our normal time frames, therefore we will unfortunately be a little slower in dispatching orders than normal.

Canvas stocks In spite of the ongoing issues with international shipping we have purchased and are carrying enough canvas to ensure that we can supply both rolls of canvas and stretched canvases for at least the next 6-8 months.

Timber stocks/stretcher bar Many will have heard from the various news organisations that timber stocks are in very short supply in New Zealand. (I believe this is due to higher priority being given to exporting wood...). We have resolved our supply problems by converting from clear furniture grade pine (which we can no longer get in sufficient volume)to finger jointed pine. As far as availability goes, we have increased our stockholdings to at least 6 months worth of material on site to ensure there is continuity of supply.

Shipping We are continuing to experience issues with courier deliveries into the Auckland and Waikato regions. We have been advised that delays in processing and delivering packages by these brances is due to a significant increase in volume due to the present Covid alert levels and subsequent on-line purchasing. We are expecting this delay in delivery to extend into the the New Year period.

Featured Product


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.

Doing Your Own Thing?

Stretcher Bars and Rolls of Canvas

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.