Australian Society of Miniature Art. 2014 National Awards Exhibition. Opening: Friday 18 July 2014 at 6:30 pm. Exhibition continues until 3:00 pm Saturday 2 August.
This annual and important exhibition, which is open to members and non-members, showcases a unique collection of exquisite art works which are diverse in style and technique. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, printmaking, handmade books and sculpture. The works, which have a perimeter of no more than 40 cm, include both traditional and modern approaches in the spirit of miniaturization and make a display of engaging originality.
Prizes are awarded in the different categories and entries this year will be judged by well-known sculptor Alan Somerville.
To be held at Ewart Gallery Workshop Arts Centre, 33 Laurel St, Willoughby, 2068.
THE MINIATURE IN HISTORY:
The art of the miniature is many hundreds of years old. In the Western world the earliest examples can be found in the illuminated capital letters of church manuscripts. The letters were often decorated in pure gold leaf and around them were pictures of everyday life, or from the Bible.
Miniatures have a serious history throughout the world. They are often combined with poem or religious verse in countries such as Iran and India. There is also a long history in Russia.
Throughout history the portrait miniature became important as a record of loved ones and this is still what many people think of when miniature is mentioned. These tiny portraits, often oval in shape, could be of a face, or more peculiarly, an eye or mouth. They often contained a back panel which carried a lock of hair. They are very much part of the Romantic tradition.
Australia has a long history of the miniature from our earliest days and our libraries and State Galleries have fine collections.
There is a tremendous interest in the art form today throughout the world and it has blossomed to encompass many mediums and subjects.