miniature painting


Miniature painting is a unique art form, tracing its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts of the 7th century.  They are paintings in minute scale, reflecting detail that can be magnified and still hold together as fine works of art.  In the Middle Ages, monks embellished manuscript pages with borders and finely detailed illuminations.  Through the centuries, miniature painting also became popular outside the book and manuscript as a separate, more personalized form of art.  Much like a small photograph, these tiny portrait paintings were easily carried in a pocket or locket.  Miniature painting has been practiced for centuries and continues to evolve as technology advances, taste changes and subject matter expands. Miniature art societies in the United States, the U.K. and several other parts of the world keep this painting tradition alive through education, exhibitions and scholarships.

“Miniature painting is a new interest of mine. First, the finely detailed images and skills required to paint such small paintings captured my attention. Most of my own artwork has been fairly small and detailed. Then, after discovering the history of miniature painting, I felt even more connected to the art form. Book illuminations and manuscript embellishments describe my own art as a greeting card artist and children’s book illustrator.”
— Tim Bowers

A penny has been superimposed on each image to indicate scale.


2014- Best of Show, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)                                                        2014- Honorable Mention, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)                                                                                                                                   2015- Third Place Award/ Birds and Animals, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)                                                         2016- First Place/ Acrylic, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)                                                         2017- Honorable Mention/ Acrylic, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)

2014- Best of Show, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)                                                       

2014- Honorable Mention, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)                                                                                                                                  

2015- Third Place Award/ Birds and Animals, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)                                                        

2016- First Place/ Acrylic, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)                                                        

2017- Honorable Mention/ Acrylic, Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)


 

For more information about miniature art, visit the following sites: 

The Association of Miniature Artists-  http://www.miniatureartist.com/

Miniature Artists of America- http://www.miniatureartistsofamerica.org/