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Small format artworks

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, 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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Yves Klein, Petite Vénus bleue, Sculpture

Yves Klein

Petite Vénus bleue, 2001
2.4 x 0.9 x 0 inch
Sculpture

$9,286

Valerio Adami, Sans titre 3, Drawing

Valerio Adami

Sans titre 3, 2006
8.7 x 7.1 inch
Drawing

$1,393

Paul Richard Mason, Petit labyrinthe, Drawing

Paul Richard Mason

Petit labyrinthe, 2018
8.3 x 11.7 x 0 inch
Drawing

$1,393

Our recommendations Jerome Liebling, Butterfly boy, New York City, Photography

Jerome Liebling

Butterfly boy, New York City, 1949
12 x 12 inch
Photography

$15,000

Bernard Conforti, Pingouin en bronze, Sculpture

Bernard Conforti

Pingouin en bronze, 2017
13.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,829

Ivan Franco, Pseudólogo 3, Painting

Ivan Franco

Pseudólogo 3, 2016
3.9 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,817

Kate Ericson & Mel Ziegler, Pastellus, Painting

Kate Ericson & Mel Ziegler

Pastellus, 1983
3.1 x 3.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,134

Sébastien Pasques, Gorille et son petit, Sculpture

Sébastien Pasques

Gorille et son petit, 2016
7.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,206

Our recommendations Axe Colours, Dali, Print

Axe Colours

Dali, 2014
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Print

$348

M.Chat, Chat Chat, Sculpture

M.Chat

Chat Chat, 2016
12.2 x 14.2 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,857

Our recommendations Arman, Mi-Siren, Sculpture

Arman

Mi-Siren, 1996
9.8 x 10.2 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,965

Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, Surgery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Surgery, 2015
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$755

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Argent, 2013
7.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$696

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Or, 2013
7.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$696

Gaspard Mitz, Self Sabotage, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Self Sabotage, 2015
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$755

Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, Peep Show, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Peep Show, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$755

Gaspard Mitz, The unknown, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The unknown, 2016
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$755

Gaspard Mitz, May I ?, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

May I ?, 2014
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$755

Our recommendations Samsofy, Sorry Jeff, Photography

Samsofy

Sorry Jeff, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,322

Our recommendations Samsofy, Partie de dames, Photography

Samsofy

Partie de dames, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,322

David Paul Kay, DPK 21, Drawing

David Paul Kay

DPK 21, 2012
5.9 x 3.5 x 0 inch
Drawing

$244

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Bird Hunter IV, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Bird Hunter IV, 2012
6.3 x 9.4 inch
Photography

$174

Patrick Villas, Panthère sur le rocher, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Panthère sur le rocher, 2016
13 x 24.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$11,608

Alexandre Nicolas, Petite Vanité, Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Petite Vanité, 2018
6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,482

Mario Kolaric, Fragment 51, Drawing

Mario Kolaric

Fragment 51, 2012
9.8 x 6.9 x 0 inch
Drawing

$360

Matthew Rose, Star (Blue/pink on Blue/Grey), Painting

Matthew Rose

Star (Blue/pink on Blue/Grey), 2015
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$464

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Storm III, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Storm III, 2012
11.8 x 9.8 inch
Photography

$348

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Bird Hunter VII, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Bird Hunter VII, 2012
6.3 x 14.2 inch
Photography

$174

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Still Cassius Clay V, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Still Cassius Clay V, 1963
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,103

Eric Zener, Synchronicity, Drawing

Eric Zener

Synchronicity, 2014
15.4 x 20.5 inch
Drawing

$6,384

Kongo, Singapore With Love #19/50, Sculpture

Kongo

Singapore With Love #19/50, 2016
8.3 x 5.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,322

Our recommendations Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Seven Indians 3, Drawing

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Seven Indians 3, 2014
16.5 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$871

Our recommendations Hélène Paris, Sans titre, série "Non-lieu", Drawing

Hélène Paris

Sans titre, série "Non-lieu", 2015
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Drawing

$696

Mahjoub Ben Bella, Drop A, Print

Mahjoub Ben Bella

Drop A, 1998
19.7 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,161

Mahjoub Ben Bella, Scarabée #2, Print

Mahjoub Ben Bella

Scarabée #2, 1997
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,741

Gina Vor, Summer Vibes 5 - Bordeaux Abstrait, Painting

Gina Vor

Summer Vibes 5 - Bordeaux Abstrait, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$232

Alain Bellino, Lucarnus cervus, Sculpture

Alain Bellino

Lucarnus cervus, 2018
7.9 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$522

Our recommendations Munem Wasif, In God We Trust #7, Photography

Munem Wasif

In God We Trust #7, 2015
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,103

Our recommendations Pascal Mennesson, Black & Scholes, Sculpture

Pascal Mennesson

Black & Scholes, 2015
7.9 x 41.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,384

Our recommendations Jerome Liebling, Boys playing at abandoned building, New York City, Photography

Jerome Liebling

Boys playing at abandoned building, New York City, 1949
14 x 11 inch
Photography

$8,000

Our recommendations Yan Zoritchak, Fleurs célestes, Sculpture

Yan Zoritchak

Fleurs célestes, 1995
15.7 x 7.9 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$10,331

Our recommendations Lolek, Entre chien et chat, Sculpture

Lolek

Entre chien et chat, 2004
11.8 x 29.5 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,474

Victoria Rodríguez Cruz, Familia 10, Photography

Victoria Rodríguez Cruz

Familia 10, 2015
3.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$348

Victoria Rodríguez Cruz, Familia 04, Photography

Victoria Rodríguez Cruz

Familia 04, 2015
3.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$348

Boris Gaberscik, Ordo Ab Chao, Flowers for Alis, Photography

Boris Gaberscik

Ordo Ab Chao, Flowers for Alis, 2000
10.2 x 8.7 inch
Photography

$1,973

Yann Audureau, Paysage I, Drawing

Yann Audureau

Paysage I, 2018
4.7 x 4.7 x 0.2 inch
Drawing

$133

Mimi Rico, Thalassa, Painting

Mimi Rico

Thalassa, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,138

Tanner Rhines, Pink condention, Painting

Tanner Rhines

Pink condention, 2016
16.1 x 23.2 inch
Painting

$8,706

Kossi Agbagli, Figurine Agbagli Kossi, Sculpture

Kossi Agbagli

Figurine Agbagli Kossi, 1980
15.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,206

Bert Stern, Crucifix II (1962), Photography

Bert Stern

Crucifix II (1962), 2011
18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch
Photography

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Erró, De la série ”A travers…15", Print

Erró

De la série ”A travers…15", 1994
12.2 x 9.1 inch
Print

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Miss Tic, Je Suis Ta Gueuse, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Je Suis Ta Gueuse, 2018
5.5 x 5.5 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Kaws, Small lie (grey), Sculpture

Kaws

Small lie (grey), 2017
11 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Our recommendations Robert Combas, Sans titre, Painting

Robert Combas

Sans titre, 1997
8.3 x 6.1 inch
Painting

Sold out

Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, Hooligan Kit, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Hooligan Kit, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, I could use a drink, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

I could use a drink, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Kaws, SET OF 3, Sculpture

Kaws

SET OF 3, 2017
11 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

César Baldaccini, Compression portable, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Compression portable, 1970
1.4 x 0.6 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

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Le CyKlop, Angry Lego Rusty Pirate, Sculpture

Le CyKlop

Angry Lego Rusty Pirate, 2018
13.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

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Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Saynète 24, Drawing

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Saynète 24, 2016
6.7 x 6.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

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