Feb 5, 2014

Miniature Models of Famous Artists in their Studios

 

Joe Fig is an American painter and sculptor who began exploring artists’ working methods by interviewing over 50 artists, asking the same 15 questions of each. The intimate insights gleaned from the interviews led Fig to create meticulously crafted miniature models or dioramas of the artists at work in their studios. It also culminated in a book entitled, Inside the Painter’s Studio:

Inside an art gallery, it is easy to forget that the paintings there are the end products of a process involving not only creative inspiration, but also plenty of physical and logistical details. It is these “cruder,” more mundane aspects of a painter’s daily routine that motivated artist Joe Fig to embark almost ten years ago on a highly unorthodox, multilayered exploration of the working life of the professional artist.

 

Below you will find a small selection of famous artists in their studios including: Pollock, Matisse and de Kooning. You will also find contemporary artists whom Joe met and photographed personally before creating his dioramas. You can see much more on his website including close-ups of the artists’ studio spaces. The level of detail is truly extraordinary.

 

 

 

1. Jackson Pollock

jackson-pollock in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

2. Willem de Kooning

willem de kooning in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

3. Inka Essenhigh

Inka-Essenhigh in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

4. Tom Friedman

tom-friedman in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

5. Malcolm Morley

malcolm-morley in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

6. Chuck Close

chuck-close in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

7. April Gornik

april-gornik in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

8. Henri Matisse

matisse in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

9. Steve Mumford

steve-mumford in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

10. Ross Bleckner

ross-bleckner in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

11. Ursula von Rydingsvard

Ursula-VonRydingsvard in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

12. Matthew Ritchie

matthew-ritchie in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

13. Self-Portrait

self portrait in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

14. Constantin Brâncuși

brancusi in studio miniature model diorama by joe fig

 

 

 

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