Canham leaves behind a remarkable artistic oeuvre beyond all fashionable trends and yet not out of time. He took up numerous inspirations, both contemporary and art-historical, quoted many things, and processed what moved him into an unmistakable pictorial world of his own.
Despite all the recognition of his graphic works, Tony Canham actually felt himself to be a painter, as he repeatedly emphasized.
As a painter, he also achieved remarkable things in a differentiated, restrained colorfulness. His works became more abstract over time. Canham also explored the medium of photography.