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Miniature Artists

Article by Veronica Scott

Artists of miniature works have often been set aside as being insignificant, unfortunately, as a result of the larger-than-life work of their “big art” counterparts, but the art of miniatures is certainly an art form worth looking at and examining closer. Miniature artists, meaning those that work on small-scale artistic pieces, have tremendous skill and patience. With some projects being miniscule, the patient resolve of a miniature artist is truly a sight to behold.

There are many top professionals in miniature art, many of whom have likely not reached levels of fame occupied by other more famous artists. Nonetheless, miniature art is a popular field and has various associations working in support of miniature art. There are several miniature art societies and clubs that encourage and promote miniature art work through various gallery showings, auctions, and promotional campaigns. The world of miniature art is – pardon the pun – growing.

Miniature Painting

Miniature painting is often one of the most painstaking processes to imagine, as paintings that are no more than three inches wide by three inches tall can contain some of the most intricate detail imaginable. The idea of painting something so miniscule can be staggering for those with no experience in miniature art, but for a miniature artist it is simply another day at the office.

Miniature art societies, like the World Federation of Miniaturists, have highly held standards of size measurements that all miniature art must meet. For the most part, the global standard on all miniature art is that the piece may not be larger than one hundred square centimetres or slightly over thirty-nine inches. There are different size definitions for different pieces of art through different societies, however, but most specifications match art that can be held in the palm of one’s hand.

Miniature painting was said to be first popularized in the 16th century in Europe, as portrait miniatures became fashionable. Portrait miniatures were used to introduce people to one another over long distances, as large pieces of art simply would not travel well and the convenience of smaller portraits made for easier transport. Most early miniature paintings took place using watercolor on vellum, but miniatures would also be painted on ivory or various enamel surfaces.

Miniature Construction

Miniature construction is also popular, as built-to-scale models of famous buildings or architectural structures are renowned around the world. There are many examples of scale-model building around the world, from miniature versions of the Taj Mahal to the Empire State Building. The painstaking construction of these miniatures is famous, too, as the patience of the artists is definitely something to be admired.

Miniature construction comes in smaller, more basic scales as well. Dollhouses, model cars, figurine collections, and other toy items are often considered to fall under the umbrella of miniature art, too. Some dollhouses are tremendously detailed, right down to the stove and miniature fireplace within. There are many examples of miniature construction art in everyday life that draws attention to the art form and represents the true creativity that is alive and well in the world of miniature art.

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