Small Talk Tag: Decorative Arts

Miniature Masterworks: Johannes Landman

Johannes Landman specializes in miniature paintings inspired by the Dutch Golden Age. His 1:12 oil paintings are created on wooden panels that are covered in gesso. When finished, his work is mounted in hand-carved frames.

Landman is one of more than 60 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 1:30pm.

Miniature Masterworks: Susan Parris

Susan Parris’s miniatures reflect her passion for research, art, and history. She works in diverse media, uses 19th-century textiles and natural materials whenever possible, and is continually developing new techniques for her pieces. This dedication to authenticity results in multiple layers of historic realism in miniature.

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

 

 

Miniature Masterworks: William R. Robertson

A childhood spent visiting the Smithsonian Institution gave William R. Robertson a lifelong love of history and art that he has applied to the world of miniatures. His furniture, tool boxes, and mechanical instruments reflect his interest in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American, English, Dutch, and French decorative arts. Robertson enjoys the challenge of making complex, functioning pieces that require hours of historical research and specially made tools.

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

Miniature Masterworks: Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted

Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted is best known for her period birdcages, furniture, and metal work, as well as her turning, instarsia, and inlay. After training in cabinetmaking, she apprenticed with Barry Hipwell, learning miniature marquetry. She now works in a 104-year-old workshop where she creates inlay for full-scale furnishings and fine-scale miniatures.

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

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.