Small Talk Archive: May 2017

Miniature Masterworks: José María Bolio

José María Bolio uses painting, sculpture, and static modeling to create his miniature accessories. Trained as a sculptor, he has been a professional model maker since 1992 and endeavors to recreate objects, characters, situations, and atmospheres in realistic miniature.

Bolio is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Penny Thomson

Penny Thomson’s art has ranged from painting and sculpture to illustration and design, in addition to miniatures. Her interest in papier-mâché was reignited through play with her children. After discovering the world of miniatures, she realized the endless potential for sculpting great detail out of papier-mâché.

Thomson is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Jens Torp

Jens Torp worked as a goldsmith and jewelry designer before he was introduced to the world of miniatures in 1990. He enjoys researching antique silver and working in miniature to create Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian tea sets, inkstands, and candelabras. He has also incorporated his silver in collaborations with other miniature artists.

Torp is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. He will be giving a gallery talk about his work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 17 at 12:30pm.

Miniature Masterworks: Natasha Beshenkovsky

Natasha Beshenkovsky began working in fine-scale miniatures after emigrating to the United States from Moscow in 1977. She started out creating decorated furniture, but has since transitioned to sculpture and shadow boxes where she uses distorted perspective and the illusion of depth to create a magic space behind the frame.

Beshenkovsky is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Carol Wagner

Carol Wagner made her first rose bushes in 2003 to adorn a Craftsman bungalow. Unable to find the appropriate paper punches, Wagner cuts the shapes for her plants and flowers by hand out of artist-quality, acid-free rice paper with the smallest cuticle scissors she can find. She washes each piece in layers of color before cutting to create a miniature world of botanicals.

Wagner is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

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