How to... Display Miniatures professionally?

by -Matt Cexwish-


Traveling the Palazzo Strozzi in Tuscany some time ago I stumbled upon some veeery interesting Work that made me think quite a bit about displaying our tiny Passion Fruits...^_^...

The following are works from Mr. Thomas Doyle, who specializes in creating small sceneries of Houses and quite peaceful settings, that have felt victim to some kind of disaster... With this, an uncanny Atmosphere is created, a kind of void or rupture in the seemingly idyllic envoirment...





Not only I like this Idea, I LOVE the way the Projects are displayed! Placed on the very edge of those long tongue like shelves it bizarrily stresses the immanent danger those filigrane structures are exposed to... One careless Visitor and you can take out the Super Glue for good...^_^...

The next Artist is Mr. Partick Jacobs... He specializes in creating hyper realistic, highly elaborate Sceneries that can be seen through peekholes in a Wall... It´s a like a small wonderful World in a Glass and creates the mind boggling illusion of real miniaturized Nature! Incredible...



We can learn at least Two things from these Projects:

1.) It actually IS possible to build a realistic looking, miniaturized lush Grass Field (with small Flowers, Bees, Cow turds and all that...)... We will have to experiment on how to achieve it to make it look that Good since I have rarely (meaning never...) seen something as simple as a Green Grass field in our Hobby... If you think about that nearly any Fantasy Miniature should be standing on Grass rather then the usual Sand or Pebbles most people use...

2.) If we want to be taken more seriously as Artists we will have to learn much more about this kind of Presentation and Professionalism (and I put some more importance on the IF, since I know that it is only true to a fraction of Miniature Painters... to become a "True Artists", adress many other people that cannot relate to the mainly Clicheé, Brutal, Unintellectual and Kitsch World of Warhammer "Toys"... And eventually make a Living out of Miniature Painting...)... As our work is physical, real, even haptic, we will have to think about how to increase certain aspects like the Miniatures fragility by displaying them this way... Here´s another example from Edgar "degra"s absolutely BRILLIANT Exhibition a couple of years ago...







Not only that I seriously think that this is an absolutely lovely way to allow people seeing your Work in a Good Distance and Light safely, it really makes something with the Space! It transforms it into a meeting place, people can see the Miniture closely and speak about it at the spot... Wander through the Forrest of Light  and appreciate all it´s tiny details... Great!

I hope this inspires you somehow and starts some great thoughts in you! As Jungle Critters we are very curious about what you are thinking, please let us know! :)

And please follow these Links to find out more about the Artists Work...

Thomas Doyle

Patrick Jacobs

Stay Happy! Start Painting...:)...

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