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Recent trends in contemporary art have meant that we've grown accustomed to large scale pieces, be that huge canvases, enormous sculptures, or giant installations.

However, the miniature has always been an important part of contemporary art. Be it paintings, sculpture, or photography as well as small format drawings, the reduced dimensions of the artwork puts new constraints on the artist, forcing them to develop their techniques and artistic finesse.


Jeff Wall, an American photographer known for his large scale photographic prints on huge illuminated boxes, has said that “the scale of a piece is not about the dimensions of it, but about the internal tensions within the composition".


Believe it or not, miniature pieces have many advantages. Smaller formats allow the artists to show off a different range of talents and techniques, and sometimes even create the impression of a much higher quality piece – such as engravings or prints. Creating a miniature is a sure sign of precision and skill.

They are also more practical to exhibit than the enormous artworks: we've all got a little space on a shelf ready to welcome a miniature sculpture, photo or drawing.


Another very practical aspect of miniatures is the myriad possibilities for display: you could put together a full shelf of statuettes, or even a dedicated framing wall – which is an increasingly popular method for display, and makes for the perfect decorative addition to a living room or bedroom. It's a mixed composition made up of an array of pieces – you guessed it – all on the same wall. The diminutive size of the miniatures also makes it easier to make sure your favourite pieces are displayed in pride of place.

Even artists who are known for their monumental works are slowly getting into miniatures, like Jeff Wall in his exhibition at the Cartier Foundation.


The miniature is making a big name for itself as a growing trend across the contemporary art world; from Gaspard Mitz, who creates tiny versions of the interiors of famous art galleries in his 'Box Stories', to the photography of Samsofy, who recreates scenes from daily life with miniscule Lego 'actors'.  


Last but not least, the small scale of the pieces means that even big names come with small price tags, meaning that miniatures make excellent presents. So, go on, what are you waiting for? Browse our selection of miniature works now…

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Nous sommes une énigme Feu Rouge, Miguel Guía

Nous sommes une énigme Feu Rouge

Miguel Guía

Sculpture - 40 x 11.5 x 13 cm

$1,274

Augmenter le taux des échanges amoureux, Miss.Tic

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Miss.Tic

Print - 32 x 42 x 2 cm

$1,144

Mère et enfant, Stratos

Mère et enfant

Stratos

Sculpture - 34 x 38 x 15 cm

$1,706

Marilyn in pink scarf, Bert Stern

Marilyn in pink scarf

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm

$2,198

Oméga, VanBinh

Oméga

VanBinh

Sculpture - 42 x 33 x 10 cm

$1,204

L'écoute, Yrak

L'écoute

Yrak

Painting - 50 x 50 x 2 cm

$1,806

Out all day, El Pez

Out all day

El Pez

Sculpture - 42 x 34 x 10 cm

$1,601

Paesaggio sul mare, Leo Guida

Paesaggio sul mare

Leo Guida

Painting - 30 x 35 x 0.1 cm

$1,003 $903

Le Musée, Onemizer

Le Musée

Onemizer

Sculpture - 49.5 x 30 x 7 cm

$2,509

Rimbaud - Dessin - Arthur au ceinturon, CharlElie Couture

Rimbaud - Dessin - Arthur au ceinturon

CharlElie Couture

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm

$2,408

Plis et déplis, Orlan

Plis et déplis

Orlan

Photography - 27 x 21 cm

$1,254

Along The Way Grey, Kaws

Along The Way Grey

Kaws

Sculpture - 26.7 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm

$1,446

3D Little Big Space, Invader

3D Little Big Space

Invader

Design - 20.5 x 28 x 4 cm

$1,204

Le pinceau magique, Onemizer

Le pinceau magique

Onemizer

Painting - 30 x 30 cm

$1,897

Fragments #9, Peïo

Fragments #9

Peïo

Sculpture - 28 x 11 x 11 cm

$2,107

Peace bird army, Dadara

Peace bird army

Dadara

Painting - 45 x 45 x 0.5 cm

$1,490

Consummation, Levalet

Consummation

Levalet

Sculpture - 29 x 39 x 16 cm

$1,957

Lunch with Garden View, Mike Hall

Lunch with Garden View

Mike Hall

Painting - 35 x 29 x 1 cm

$919

Un oiseau sur l'épaule, Jéko

Un oiseau sur l'épaule

Jéko

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 50 cm

$1,003

Retour à la Lumière, Jazzu

Retour à la Lumière

Jazzu

Painting - 46 x 38 x 10 cm

$953