founded in 1995 by Joris Escher and Martijn Kielstra, presents and promotes the work of young contemporary artists from Asia, Latin America and Australia. Canvas organises exhibitions either in its own gallery, or in conjunction with museums or other art institutions. Besides a gallery Canvas runs an art rental for companies and regularly publishes books about the work of the artists.
a lot of time on research in Latin America, Asia and Australia. That means we speak to people in museums and art academies, with exhibitors and critics, and of course that we visit many studios. We want to show you what is engaging young international art. The results of this research are documented in our exhibitions and books. The books make their way around the world to museums, exhibitors, critics, academies and other interested parties.
art by international artists to companies and non-profit organisations. We have more than 100 clients renting or leasing art. They can change their art every year, with a free choice from new additions to the collection. With its 300 artists Canvas is now the largest exhibitor of international art in Europe.
with artists whose ideas, concepts or thoughts are relevant to us. The artists live in major cities in Latin America, Asia and Australia and are mostly under 45. They often move in international circles and make contemporary art. You won't find traditional, ethnic or craft pieces at Canvas. Canvas is not limited to certain techniques or mediums. The artists produce paintings, graphic art, drawings, photography, video installations, digital prints, and sound.
Until 2004, Canvas International Art's gallery was located in the centre of Amsterdam. When we grew out of that space, Canvas moved to the former fire station in Amstelveen. A great space to exhibit art. Recently Canvas has moved back to Amsterdam and is situated in the 'Pijp' area.