Sources for reproductions on canvas

Larry Peterson

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Resource Provider
Apr 8, 2003
Wilkes-Barre, PA
I just returned from Decor Expo in NYC and had a great time and spent a bunch of money on some new equipment. One of the things that I was looking for at the show and did not find is a source for reproductions on canvas of famous works. There were 10 million vendors selling original art on canvas (of which I bought a few) but none selling reproductions.

Does anyone know a source of canvases (stretched or unstretched) for artists like Waterhouse, Chabas, Renoir, etc? I currently have a customer for Chabas's "September Morn" if I can find one. I see a number of retailers online selling repros but can't find a wholesaler. My store (which is an antique store as well as a framing store) has sold several of these that I have gotten from house sales. I would prefer a source for canvases that have been "enhanced" as described by one retail source as "Our canvas replica captures the original painting’s texture, depth of color and even its subtle brush strokes, which are applied by hand."
I know of one company that I plan to do business with but haven't yet so I can't tell you how good their quality is. I've talked with the guy and he seems pretty cool. The company is MB Industries and they used to do the canvas tranfers for New York Graphic Society. NYGC has removed themselves as the middle man but you can order the prints/posters through NYGS (they offer Renoir, Degas, Monet, DaVinci, O'Keefe and MANY more),or any publisher for that matter, and they can drop-ship them to MBI. For a few extra dollars, MBI will apply brushstrokes. He stretches them by default but I need to find out if he'll do them un-stretched because the shipping is gonna kill me... $25 for stretched (he's in Texas I'm in Maine).

New York Graphic Society can give you MB Industries phone number (I'm not in my shop right now so I can't pass along the number myself). Good luck!