John Jones provides Canvases and Panels for British Abstract Artist, Peter Vaillant

Case Study: August 2015

The John Jones Artist Surfaces team were pleased to produce bespoke canvases and panels for a selection of recent paintings by London based British Abstract artist, Peter Vaillant, one of which was selected for the 2015 Griffin Gallery Open (23 July- 21 August). Vaillant's work has been acquired by Liverpool Cathedral in 2014 for its permanent art collection including Elisabeth Frink, Christopher Le Brun, and Tracey Emin. Vaillant has exhibited alongside David Hockney at the Pump House Gallery in 2013, and was commissioned and acknowledged by the BBC to officially paint the 'Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant' in 2012. 

Creating images inspired by the dramatic essence of light captured from the last hues of colour from the day. Vaillant’s work is constantly evolving, adding depth and texture, the painting lifts itself away from the canvas. Vaillant comments:

My passion to develop the imagery of colour in its purest, beautiful and impacting resolution is paramount. I began my research for more appropriate materials and John Jones appeared to cater for my need and my passion in art. On a visit (to John Jones, The Arts Building) I was shown through the family orientated building. The journey took in all manner of exciting work from framing, restoration and projects. I truly took on the ethos of such a fine company. I began by ordering an Aluminium plate of 48”x48’Inches, and now I am working on large canvas at 2.5 metres. 

Vaillant's approach involves applying Acrylic and Resin, thickly to Canvas and Aluminium surfaces, both materials offering different properties when applying the mixed medium. Vaillant uses palette knives to create beautiful striking abstract artworks, expressing how he can feel the difference in behaviour of the paint through the palette knife on application to the surfaces.  The rigidness of the aluminium allows Vaillant to manipulate the paint in his favour whilst the canvas 'grabs' at the paint due to the flexibility in the material.


Vaillant uses Floating Aluminium Panels, providing a smooth, contemporary surface for his smaller acrylic paintings. An aluminium painting panel is more rigid, light and ultra-smooth than a canvas artwork support, and has many conservation benefits. Aluminium art panels are very lightweight, making them ideal for large-scale work that need to be transported. Aluminium is also an inert material and releases no emissions (unlike wood which can release harmful gases over time). If your studio is prone to changes in humidity and temperature, aluminium will not react to this shift in environment 

Vaillant also uses John Jones Aluminium Stretchers with Acrylic Primed Polyester. Professional artists concerned about the longevity of their work are increasingly turning to aluminium stretchers as a safe alternative. Each aluminium stretcher is extremely lightweight, making them ideal for artists working on a large scale. Aluminium is an inert material that will not change or erode over time, and is perfect for those requiring heavy duty artwork stretcher bars. It will also not react to a shift in temperature or humidity which can often occur in a studio, gallery or storage environment. Our Aluminium stretcher frames are incredibly strong, will not warp and won’t break with even the fiercest stretching or sizing.  

John Jones' technicians created bespoke  wood canvas stretchers for Vaillant's large scale works, hand-made from kiln dried FSC regulated tulip wood. The kiln drying process removes all moisture from the timber, creating a durable, strong canvas stretcher support with a low risk of splitting when nailed or stapled. This low-emission hardwood has very few knots and - if stored correctly - is resistant to warping. All of our stretcher bar profiles include a quarter inch lip, giving the necessary clearance between the canvas fabric and the underlying stretcher to avoid stretcher bar marks which can cause cracks in the paint. 

Choosing the right surface and support for your artwork can have a dramatic impact upon the end quality, the longevity and the sale-ability of your fine art. Over time, poor quality linen canvas fabric will rot and degrade, causing irreparable damage, making it advisable to invest in museum quality canvas and panels which will stand the test of time.


Images: (left to right) Untitled 2015 Canvas 2.5mx1.5m Acrylic & Resin, Untitled work 2015 Aluminium Panel 48x48 Inches, Technician making aluminium panels at the John Jones workshops,


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