Modernist Miniaturists

BENK AND BO

15 November - 1st February 2019 

Modernist Miniaturists celebrates the beauty and intrigue of the small format in contemporary art. Miniatures are an age-old way of working, stemming from the medieval times – often designed to be held in the hand as a talisman, as a religious aid to prayer or as a collector’s item, mostly created for the domestic sphere rather than for the public realm.

Here, the artists use the miniature format to make reference to the past, but update it with contemporary social commentary or witticisms. For example, Fee Greening uses the medieval method of dip-pen and ink and uses and iconographic motifs commonly found in traditional miniatures such as hands, eyes and halos around her figures, but gives her work a modern twist - her icons are celebrities (here they are women from art history: Yayoi Kusama, Peggy Guggenheim and Barbara Hepworth). 

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As well as being affordable and covetable to the collector, the miniature often has a practical element for the artist. For example, Isabella Cotier’s art is in miniature scale due to the fact that she sketches from life in her Moleskine notebook – capturing the passing moment and snapshots of everyday life (her new series for the exhibition is of people she’s sketched at Columbia Road Flower Market). 

 

Miniatures have an often-underestimated power to captivate. Despite their small size, they are often dense in their richness and encourage the viewer to look a little closer and engage more intimately with a piece of art – rather than pass it by from a distance. In a generation where we are bombarded with over-sized visual signs and signals, miniatures are a treasured reminder that size is not everything.

 

All artworks were available to view at Benk and Bo from 15 November - 1st February 2019. An array of framed artworks as well as unframed pieces by each artist are available. The exhibition was in partnership with Frame Factory Ltd, who produced all of the frames.

  • A Cotswolds Countryside Sold
    A Cotswolds Countryside
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  • Small Fountain in Trapani Sold
    Small Fountain in Trapani | Rose Electra Harris | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Doorway Sold
    Doorway
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  • Sleep Sold
    Sleep
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  • Two Women Drinking Sold
    Two Women Drinking
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  • Moonshine Washing Line Sold
    Moonshine Washing Line
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  • Barbara Hepworth
    Barbara Hepworth | Fee Greening | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Lapis Lovers Eye
    Lapis Lovers Eye | Fee Greening | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Surround
    Surround
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  • Fourmi Chevron
    Fourmi Chevron
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  • Lounge
    Lounge
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  • Tree Branch with Leaves
    Tree Branch with Leaves | James Owens | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Sleep Deprivation Sold
    Sleep Deprivation
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  • Coleoptera Four Eyes
    Coleoptera Four Eyes
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  • Karaoke Night Sold
    Karaoke Night
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  • Scarabee Jaune
    Scarabee Jaune
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  • Shell Hand
    Shell Hand | Fee Greening | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Giant Haystack Sold
    Giant Haystack
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  • Fauret Vase Sold
    Fauret Vase
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  • Untitled Sold
    Untitled
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  • Leaves Sold
    Leaves
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  • Pin-up 7 Sold
    Pin-up 7
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  • Line on Linen V Sold
    Line on Linen V
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  • Giants Eggcup Sold
    Giants Eggcup
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