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); Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California (2011); and at museums and galleries across the US, Europe, and Asia. Images of his work have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, and other publications. He is a recipient of the 2009 West Collection purchase prize and 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


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


Hold your fire
Diesel Art Gallery
Tokyo, Japan


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
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

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

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

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

Seasonal change
LeBasse Projects
Culver City, California

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 
Brooklyn, New York

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


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 
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


Summer Exhibition
Grey Healthcare Group
New York, New York


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


New paintings 
LoLa boutique
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 awards

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


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

Selected publications and press


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.