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Handmade, Custom Stretched, Claessens Oil Primed Linen No.13, expertly hand made to order on our premises at The PaintBox.

Claessens Oil Primed Linen No.13 features a very fine texture and a double layer of primer for oil and alkyd painting. It accepts most styles of oil painting (not suitable for acrylic) and is the ideal choice for portrait, trompe l’oeil and realist artists who enjoy the very fine surface it offers. Warp 23cm/23cm weft; weighs 325GSM

Up to the turn of the last century, many professional artists prepared their own canvases. As more and more amateurs took up the brush, the demand for canvas prepared by traditional methods grew. In 1906, close to the River Leie and in the middle of the Flax District, Victor Claessens the creator of Claessens Oil Primed Linen No.13 founded a company to produce top-quality artists canvas. To that end, he refined the tried and tested methods that had been passed down from generation to generation. Almost a century later, Claessens the creators of Claessens Oil Primed Linen No.13 is still operating in the original buildings in Waregem. The descendants of Victor Claessens have made a conscious choice to keep a small-scale approach to production and to honour the traditional methods for treating the artists canvas. Nowadays, much of the work is done by machines, but the core of the production process has remained unchanged. This respect for tradition and experience has made Claessens a household name amongst artists, stretching far beyond the borders of Europe.

Browse through our selection of surfaces, shapes and sizes to find the surface best suited to your technique or aesthetic. Consider if the weave of canvas, the grain of linen or the smoothness of polycotton is right for your practice, what level of absorbency you need and if you need your substrate to be rigid. Whatever qualities you need we have the information to help you decide what is the right surface for your practice. 

We will expertly make this canvas for you using the material of your choice with strongly engineered timber stretchers. The magenta diagrams show stretcher/ bracing configurations: Without a Stretcher; With a Single Stretcher; With a Cross Brace, With a H Brace and the largest oblong canvases having Double H Bracing.

Oversized stretched canvas orders, those with two or more sides longer than 160 cm, will need to be delivered by a specialist courier company and will incur an additional location-dependent delivery charge. Once we’ve received your order we will contact you with confirmation of the delivery cost and arrange a convenient delivery date.

Our custom made canvases can take up to 10 days to make, so please also allow for the courier service delivery time to your address. If you require your canvas by a specific date, please email us or call us on 08 8388 7776 and we will let you know if we are able to schedule your canvas ahead of time.

Because each bespoke canvas is made to order, we are unable to cancel orders after they have been placed.

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