What makes our canvases unique?

All our canvases are printed on Chromata White, the most archival canvas on the market.

Most canvases contain what are known as OBA's (Optical Brightener Agents), but these compromise true colour, deteriorate and yellow over time. In contrast, Chromata White is an OBA free, acid free, thick canvas that has met and exceeded the standards set by the Fine Art Trade Guild and has passed the Blue Wool Test for lightfastness.

Canvas explanation

1. Printing

We utilise the very latest 12 ink Canon printers and always use genuine Lucia Canon inks for the widest gamut and the highest quality.

2. Varnish

All our canvases receive several coatings of a satin giclée varnish, which serves to protect, preserve and enhance. The varnish acts as a UV inhibitor whilst also having the benefit of increasing the density of the print to offer deeper blacks and reds, and brighter yellows. As well as preventing the canvas from cracking during the stretching process it also offers protection against moisture and abrasion.

3. Stretching

We utilise both machine and hand stretching for the neatest finish, with corners which are finely hand cut and overlaid to reduce canvas bulk for the very best presentation.

4. Finish

Our canvases are supplied neatly taped on the back, with a unique hanger which allows the canvas to sit flush against the wall, as opposed to a strung canvas which tilts away from the wall. Each is protected by crystal clear cellophane wrap and supplied with a certificate of archival quality.

5. Stretcher Bars

We only use the best stretcher bars available. Made from winter cut, finger jointed and laminated Baltic pine: winter cut to reduce the sap content – finger jointed to ensure a knot-free and straight bar – laminated to offer extra strength.

6. Wedged corners

Canvas being a natural product will contract and expand over time, sometimes causing the canvas to sag. By using traditional wedged corners, our canvases can be re-tensioned without the need to remove the canvas from the stretcher bar. Simply by tapping the wedges with a small hammer, the canvas is restored to its original taut condition.