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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.

On Special during DECEMBER


Masterart directly imports most of the canvas that we use in our manufacturing process. Due to increased pressure from some customers, we have talked our suppliers into producing for us "consumer rolls" of canvas, that is smaller rolls length that are more suited to the requirements of our customers.
we have made available 4 of our most popular canvases:

  • RT12-6 is our prefered in-house canvas, made from a blend of 52% polyester and 48% cotton, this canvas is made and coated especially for us and is unique to Masterart canvases. The base cloth weight is 350 gsm (about 12 oz) and is then coated with three coats of gesso primer. The finish is a smooth, fine textured canvas that comes as a 2100 mm wide, 6 meter long roll.

  • DX350 - also apolyester and cotton blend, the DX 350 is an Australian made cloth with a 48% polester content. Slightly coarser in texture that the RT12 and the gesso coating provides a slightly "grabbier" feel. The 12 oz cloth is coated twice with gesso primer and is available by the meter at 2080 mm wide.

  • C500-10 is our base 12 oz 100% cotton cloth. Having a moderate texture, the cloth is coated twice with gesso primer and comes as a 2100 mm wide, 10 Meter long roll.

  • C590-10 our heavy duty 14 oz 100% cotton canvas is ideal for larger canvases and those artitsts that wany a more textured surface. Pre-primed with 2 coats of gesso-primer, C500 comes as a 2100 mm wide, 10 meter long roll.

Masterart Canvases Stretcher Bars:
Masterart Heavy Duty interlocking stretcher bars are made from 32 mm deep, kiln dried radiata pine. Produced on our own factory in Tauranga, we can produce almost any length stretcher bar and bracing combination required and ship it within just a few working days.

Masterart Produces stretcher bars for some of New Zealands more successful and recognised artists who prefer to stretch their own canvases. Easy to assemble, each stretcher frame is fully custom made in our workshop to check quality and straightness before being collapsed, shrink wrapped and shipped to our customer.

Doing Your Own Thing?

Stretcher Bars and Rolls of Canvas

  • Canvas Rolls Rolls of Canvas
  • Professional Stretcher Bars
  • Pre_made Pre-made frames
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 in general, artist (in general) 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.