Open Call – Miniature Art

Posted June 14th, 2011 under Ikono


We invite artists who engage themselves with the genre of miniature paintings to submit their works for our current Open Call.

The word “miniature” comes from the Latin word “miniare”, which means to color with read lead and was used for the capital letters. Miniatures first decorated hand-written books.

Submitted works can be related to the traditional miniature paintings from the Ottoman, Persian, Asian and European heritage.

Another focus is the Portrait miniature. The first ones emerged in the 1520s at mobile public courts and were mainly produced in France and England. Two Dutch miniaturists, Jean Clouet und Lucas Horenbout, designed the earliest examples. The main material for portrait miniatures are painted in oil, watercolor and enamel, but mainly in watercolor.

Miniature art could be also seen as a “conceptual idea of much-smaller-than-usual sizes” in painting, photography, sculpture, installation works and other forms of contemporary art.

Submission deadline: 25.07.2011

Submit content here.

Image above from Time Magazine: “Who says you can’t put a camel through the eye of a needle? Aldunin has fit seven through this one. The artist works between the beats of his heart, in order to keep his hands perfectly still.”

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