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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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Calme et le silence bronze, Miguel Guía

Calme et le silence bronze

Miguel Guía

Sculpture - 40 x 16 x 15 cm

€1,180

Marilyn in pink scarf, Bert Stern

Marilyn in pink scarf

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm

€2,190

Out all day - Black, El Pez

Out all day - Black

El Pez

Sculpture - 42 x 34 x 10 cm

€1,100

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin

Jesus Campos

Sculpture - 30 x 14 x 15 cm

€980

L'écoute, Yrak

L'écoute

Yrak

Painting - 50 x 50 x 2 cm

€1,800

Le bonheur est comme un papillon... (Origami 2022), Olivier Messas

Le bonheur est comme un papillon... (Origami 2022)

Olivier Messas

Painting - 50 x 50 x 6 cm

€950

Rimbaud - Dessin - Arthur au ceinturon, CharlElie Couture

Rimbaud - Dessin - Arthur au ceinturon

CharlElie Couture

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm

€2,400

Cas contact, Yazz

Cas contact

Yazz

Sculpture - 33 x 26 x 33 cm

€900

Along The Way Grey, Kaws

Along The Way Grey

Kaws

Sculpture - 26.7 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm

€1,427

Le Musée, Onemizer

Le Musée

Onemizer

Sculpture - 49.5 x 30 x 7 cm

€2,500

Peace bird army, Dadara

Peace bird army

Dadara

Painting - 45 x 45 x 0.5 cm

€1,485

Le pinceau magique, Onemizer

Le pinceau magique

Onemizer

Painting - 30 x 30 cm

€1,890

Mist, Vhils

Mist

Vhils

Print - 42 x 29.7 cm

€980

Sans titre, Wong Wa

Sans titre

Wong Wa

Painting - 39 x 49 cm

€1,000

Consummation, Levalet

Consummation

Levalet

Sculpture - 29 x 39 x 16 cm

€1,950

Composition en Rouge, Jaune, Bleu, Noir, Piet Mondrian

Composition en Rouge, Jaune, Bleu, Noir

Piet Mondrian

Print - 47.5 x 35.5 x 0.1 cm

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Un oiseau sur l'épaule, Jéko

Un oiseau sur l'épaule

Jéko

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 50 cm

€1,000

Retour à la Lumière, Jazzu

Retour à la Lumière

Jazzu

Painting - 46 x 38 x 10 cm

€950

Sculpture - Don't let this be you, Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture - Don't let this be you

Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture - 12.7 x 26.7 x 10.2 cm

€1,379

Portrait of Giorgio Morandi, Mino Maccari

Portrait of Giorgio Morandi

Mino Maccari

Painting - 30 x 20 x 2 cm

€2,100

Encuentros Urbanos 2, El Pez

Encuentros Urbanos 2

El Pez

Painting - 50 x 50 cm

€1,265

Get away to find yourself, Frida Raul

Get away to find yourself

Frida Raul

Painting - 35 x 28 x 0.1 cm

€900