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Thomas Doyle was born in Michigan, USA and now lives and works in New York. Doyle’s work combines his formal training as a painter and printmaker with a fascination with scale models that began at an early age. His sculptures, rendered in 1:100 to 1:43 scale, often depict human figures beset by quiet calamities, often of the natural kind. Doyle’s work has been shown at the Diesel Art Gallery, in Tokyo, Japan (2019), Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, New York (2016) the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2012); Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2011); and at museums and galleries across the US, Europe, and Asia. His work has been appeared in the opening credits for the HBO series Murder on Middle Beach, as well as in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, and other publications. He is a MacDowell Colony fellow.


My work mines the debris of memory through the creation of intricate worlds sculpted in 1:43 scale and smaller. Often sealed under glass, the works depict the remnants of things past—whether major, transformational experiences, or the quieter moments that resonate loudly throughout a life. In much the way the mind recalls events through the fog of time, the works distort reality through a warped and dreamlike lens.

The pieces’ radically reduced scales evoke feelings of omnipotence—as well as the visceral sensation of unbidden memory recall. Hovering above the glass, the viewer approaches these worlds as an all-seeing eye, looking down upon landscapes that dwarf and threaten the figures within.

Conversely, the private intensity of moments rendered in such a small scale draws the viewer in, allowing for the intimacy one might feel peering into a museum display case or dollhouse. Though surrounded by chaos, hazard, and longing, the figures’ faces betray little emotion, inviting viewers to lose themselves in these crucibles—and in the jumble of feelings and memories they elicit.

The glass itself contains and compresses the world within it, seeming to suspend time itself—with all its accompanying anguish, fear, and bliss. By sealing the works in this fashion, I hope to distill the debris of human experience down to single, fragile moments. Like blackboxes bobbing in the flotsam, these works wait for discovery, each an indelible record of human memory.


b. Grand Haven, Michigan
Lives and works in New York

Selected exhibitions


Suburbia: Building the American Dream / Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona / Barcelona, Spain

Life in Miniature / Reeves House Visual Arts Center / Woodstock, Georgia

May You Live The Rest of Your Life / BravinLee programs / New York, New York


Small is Beautiful / Fever Productions / New York, New York


Small is Beautiful / Old Brompton Road / London


Small is Beautiful / Galerie Joesph / Paris, France

Squee! / Towson University / Towson, Maryland


Small Worlds: Miniatures in Contemporary Art / University of Vermont / Burlington, Vermont

Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art / Coral Gables Museum / Coral Gables, Florida


Thomas Doyle: Hold Your Fire / Diesel Art Gallery / Tokyo, Japan

Downsized: Small Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists / Bruce Museum / Greenwich, Connecticut


Memory of Place / Flinn Gallery / Greenwich, Connecticut

Exquisite Abandon: Contemporary Miniature Works / Laguna College of Art + Design / Laguna, California


Thomas Doyle: If the creek don’t rise / The Hudson River Museum / Yonkers, New York

Feel Big Live Small / The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures / Tucson, Arizona


The Miniature / Grunwald Gallery of Art / Indiana University / Bloomington, Indiana

50 for 50 / Westchester Arts Council / White Plains, New York

Feel Big Live Small / apexart / New York, New York


Miniatures: It’s Not All Small After All
 / Prichard Art Gallery / University of Idaho / Moscow, Idaho

Prep School: Prepper & Survivalist Ideologies and Utopian/Dystopian Visions / Torrance Art Museum / Torrance, California

Unpredictable Gravity / Roq la Rue Gallery / Seattle, Washington


Dream No Small Dreams / Ronchini Gallery / London, England

No Man’s Land / LeBasse Projects / Culver City, California


Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities / Musée des beaux-arts Eugène Leroy / Tourcoing, France / In association with Museum of Arts and Design / New York, New York

Media Matters / Foster/White Gallery / Seattle, Washington

Minimal / Hå gamle prestegard / Håvegen, Norway

American Dreamers / Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi / Florence, Italy


Surface to air / LeBasse Projects / Culver City, California

2112: Imagining the Future / RMIT Gallery / Melbourne, Australia

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities / Museum of Arts and Design / New York, New York

Mini-Size Me / Bakersfield Museum of Art / Bakersfield, California

Suggestivism / Grand Central Art Center / Santa Ana, California


Collateral damage / LeBasse Projects / Culver City, California

Synesthesia 2010 / Electric Pear Productions/The Wild Project / New York, New York

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s Radius exhibition / Ridgefield Guild of Arts / Ridgefield, Connecticut

Tragic sense of life / Fine Arts Gallery / Westchester Community College / Valhalla, New York

There’s no place like here / Tower Fine Arts Gallery / The College at Brockport / Brockport, New York


Eniminiminimos: Artists Who Make Things Small / Jendela Gallery, The Esplanade / Singapore

X: Mixed Greens Anniversary Show / Mixed Greens Gallery / New York, New York

Seasonal change / LeBasse Projects / Culver City, California

Ten / The West Collection / Oaks, Pennsylvania


Next (I)s: Over the Rainbow / Yoo Art Space Gallery / Mushroom Arts / Seoul, South Korea

Forces of Nature / Limn Art Gallery / San Francisco, California

Synthetic Supernova / Mixed Greens Gallery / New York, New York

My little/Membrane / NURTUREart / Brooklyn, New York

31st Small Works Exhibition / 80 Washington Square East Galleries / New York, New York / Richard Witter, juror


NYNYNY / Flux Factory / Long Island City, New York

Pretty little things / Gallery Ocho / Santa Barbara, California

Human remains / Go North – A Space for Contemporary Art / Beacon, New York

In summer, the song sings itself / Pentimenti Gallery / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Red Dot Art Fair / With Pentimenti Gallery / New York, New York

30th Small Works Exhibition / 80 Washington Square East Galleries / New York, New York / Jim Kempner, juror


Der Hammer Performance & Auction / Chashama / New York, New York

Group Exhibition / Go North – A Space for Contemporary Art / Beacon, New York

Summer Group Show & Auction / 3rd Ward Gallery / Brooklyn, New York

Art of the Northeast / Silvermine Guild Gallery / Stamford, Connecticut / Ben Barzune, juror

Not to Scale / Target Gallery / Alexandria, Virginia / David C. Levy, juror

Urban Visionaries / Fourth Annual Award Dinner & Silent Auction / Cooper Union
New York, New York

29th Small Works Exhibition / 80 Washington Square East Galleries / New York, New York / Jack Shainman, juror


(all you’re houses) / Art Quad / Humboldt State University, Arcata, California


Juried Student Exhibition / Reese Bullen Gallery / Humboldt State University / Arcata, California / Faculty jury


Unknown explosions / Foyer Gallery / Humboldt State University / Arcata, California

Juried Student Exhibition / Reese Bullen Gallery / Humboldt State University / Arcata, California
Faculty jury


Juried Student Exhibition / Reese Bullen Gallery / Humboldt State University / Arcata, California / Faculty jury

Selected publications and press


Conversation with Giana Volpe on “Heart of the East End,” WLIW-FM, Long Island, New York.


Koseluk, Chris. “Madison Hamburg on His One-Of-A-Kind HBO Doc ‘Murder on Middle Beach.’” The Credits, magazine of the Motion Picture Association. December 18, 2020.


Ünver, Kate Esme. The Book of Mini. Black Dog/Levinthal Publishers. New York. 2019.
Bland, Bartholomew. C. “Castles in the Sky.” Catalog essay for exhibition. Lehman College Art Gallery. New York, New York. 2019.


Bland, Bartholomew. C. “Thomas Doyle: If the creek don’t rise.” Catalog essay for exhibition. Hudson River Museum. Yonkers, New York. 2016.
Ellin, Abby. “Miniacs Live in a Small, Small World.” New York Times. New York, New York. May 6, 2016.


Costa, Antonio. La mela di Cézanne e l’accendino di Hitchcock. Giulio Einaudi Editore. Torino, Italy. 2015.


Manco, Tristan. Big Art x Small Art. Thames & Hudson. London, England. 2014.


Calvi, Nuala. “It’s a small world.” Mayfair Times. London, England. September, 2013.
“Artist Thomas Doyle gets big with miniatures.” Ragmag Magazine. Beirut, Lebanon. September, 2013.
Brownlee, John. “Humanity’s Bleak, Phanstamagoric Future, Sealed Beneath Glass.” September 17, 2013.
Stinson, Liz. “13 Strange Miniature Worlds, Crafted by Hand.” September 11, 2013.
Lane, Mary M. “The Big Ambition of Miniature Art.” The Wall Street Journal Weekend. New York, New York. August 31/September 1, 2013.
“The Interview: Thomas Doyle.” August 27, 2013.
Bland, Bartholomew F. “Dream No Small Dreams.” Catalog essay for “Dream No Small Dreams” exhibition. Ronchini Gallery. London, England. 2013.


Cornell, Alex, editor. Breakthrough! 90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block & Spark Your Imagination. Princeton Architectural Press. New York, New York. 2012.
Morris, Roderick Conway. “An Exposition in Florence Focuses on American Artists in the City.” New York Times. New York, New York. May 17, 2012. 
Fayard, Judy. “Americans Invigorate Florence. At Palazzo Strozzi, Impressionists and Dreamers Stun.” Wall Street Journal. New York, New York. March 15, 2012.
Di Genova, Arianna. “Quando l’happy end è solo un sogno.” Il Manifesto. Rome, Italy. March 10, 2012.
Rau, Gaia. “Le promesse infrante dell’America 11 artisti in mostra alla Strozzina.” La Repubblica Firenze. Florence, Italy. March 8, 2012.
Zarrilli, Ludovica. “Il sogno americano. Con baratro.” Corriere Fiorentino. Florence, Italy. March 6, 2012.
Nori, Franziska. “The American Dream: Reality or Imagination?” Catalog essay for “American Dreamers” exhibition. Silvana Editoriale. Milan, Italy. 2012.
Bland, Bartholomew F. “Age of Anxiety: The Fantasy Impulse in American Art.” Catalog essay for “American Dreamers” exhibition. Silvana Editoriale. Milan, Italy. 2012.
Roth, Jesse. “Thomas Doyle.” Pork & Mead. Detroit, Michigan. February/March 2012.
Williams, Linda. “Contemporary Art as Futuristic Fiction – All That is Solid Melts Into Air.” Catalog essay for “2112: Imagining the Future” exhibition. RMIT Gallery. Melbourne, Australia. 2012.


Gómez, Edward M. “Irresistible Illusions and Other Worlds.” Sculpture. Washington, DC. September, 2011.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Alternative Worlds Where Even McMansions Are Tiny.” New York Times. New York, New York. June 16, 2011. 
McFadden, David Revere. “Seeing and Knowing.” Catalog essay for “Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities” exhibition. Museum of Arts and Design. New York, New York. 2011.
Spoor, Nathan. Interview with artist in “Suggestivism” exhibition catalog. Santa Ana, California. 2011.
Valli, Marc. “Growing Concerns in an Ever-Shrinking World.” Microworlds. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd. London, England. 2011.


Klein, Richard. Catalog essay for “Radius: Emerging Artists from Connecticut and Southeastern New York” exhibition. Aldrich Museum. Ridgefield, Connecticut. 2010.


Olaussen, Hege. “Snøkuler som samtidskunst.” Kunst og Kultur. Universitetsforlage in cooperation with The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway. Number 4, 2009. 
New York Times Book Review. 
Cover illustration. New York, New York. November 8, 2009.
New York Times Magazine. Cover illustration. New York, New York. June 14, 2009. 
Viveros, Christian. Catalog essay for “Ten” exhibitionArtist dialogue with Peter Garfield. The West Collection. Oaks, Pennsylvania. 2009.
Spoor, Nathan. “Thomas Doyle–The Fundamentals of Being Human.” Hi-Fructose Magazine, Albany, California. Vol. XI, Spring 2009.


Cohn, Melanie Franklin. Catalog essay for “New York, New York, New York” exhibitionFlux Factory, Long Island City, New York. 2008.


Strauss, R.B. “Some First Friday Jewels for July.” University City Review, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 4, 2007.
Rubin, Brian. “‘Go North’ Young Art-Lovers.” Ellenville Journal, Ellenville, New York. July 5, 2007.

Selected awards

MacDowell Colony Fellowship. 2009.
West Prize Acquisition Finalist. West Collection. 2008.


Fine art, Humboldt State University. Arcata, California. 1997-2000.