Objectivity has been a big argument in art for centuries. Many works of art may have been discussed due to their controversial interpretation of implied meanings. But here the subject is the size of the art rather than the theme. The Guinness Book of Records has refused to enter an Australian Artist’s work, claiming to be the smallest painting on the basis of this exact determinant that qualifies art.
Wayne Malkin, a Queensland Artist and Gallery owner claims to have created the world’s daintiest art after being inspired by another artistic claim of the magnitude. He used the wooden end of the match as a tiny canvas, to create an oil painting of Barry Humphries’ alter ego Dame Edna Everage. The hand-painted portrait measures 2.3mm by 2.3 mm or about the same size as the letter U on a 20-cent piece. But in spite of a continuous correspondence with the Guinness Book of Records, the art was not made part of the famous archives, on the grounds of objectivity.
It has taken the Sunshine Coast Artist 2 months to complete the painting done in oil paint. Mr. Malkin experimented with using a single brush hair and pinpoint, before switching to the fiber from a bamboo skewer. “It was the right sort of stiffness and size that I could actually dot paint onto it, and gradually build up in the traditional way with oil paints to form a portrait.” He said he never considered using artificial means like digital printing to create the image stating, “There is a smaller painting around, but it’s done by laser — there’s no paint on it. Mine is a painting that is painted exactly the same way as any other traditional painting.”
The painting is presently at display at his gallery with a magnifying glass attached for viewing and has received mixed response from people; those who cannot see it due to its size and others who have found the work profoundly incredible.