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Your Supplier of Hand Stretched Artists Canvases - 20 Years Experience
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.

Notices - October

Canvas Stocks   Tanji's is pleased to advise that we are now, once again fully stocked with our regular grades of artists canvas and manufacturing has returned to normal.
In addition to our regular stocks of RT12 polyester/cotton blended canvas, we have decided to bring in some 12oz and 15oz un-primed canvas as we do get asked for this type of canvas occassionally.

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 Increases  We have been slowly reviewing our pricing to reflect price increases from all of our suppliers over the past 7 years (the last time we reviewed our pricing was November 2013). The process of updating the website is not yet complete and we will get this finalised over the next few weeks. Interestingly, some of the prices have gone down. 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, we are introducing 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.



This month Tanji's is offering an additional 10% off all standard size Masterart EXHIBITION 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 Exhibition canvases are ideal for those artists wanting professionally hand crafted stretched canvases that are produced for those on a budget. With Masterart's 32 mm deep Heavy Duty strainer bars Masterart Exhibition grade canvases are ideal for all smaller applications (for larger canvases try our Professional grade canvases)

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.