Meet BadAss Artist: Devin Smith

Welcome to Badass Miniatures...Causing a Little Trouble, a provocative and alternative exhibit of multimedia artworks, most created in classic miniature scale, with a substantially larger impact.

We're excited for you to meet some of the miniaturists featured in the exhibition including Devin Smith, from Awesome, Thanks and creator of "Life Isn't Pretty and Neither is This Mini," a non-specific scale diorama included in the show.

Devin is an emerging artist based in Plover, Wisconsin. His natural curiosity and creativity mesh perfectly with the show’s theme and mandate to create something edgy and bold.

In his piece, Devin’s imagination took him to a place that he translated with grit and integrity. Utilizing mostly recycled, repurposed materials as he typically does, he created a diorama, complete with its own shock factor, or two. “I would like to show that I can create things from your greatest dreams all the way to your worst nightmares,” says Devin of this work. "Life is sometimes not what you'd like to think it is.”

It would be a challenge for a viewer of Devin’s piece not to have a recollection of being in an uncomfortable place at some point in time and observing the scene with a morbid curiosity. Through his attention to detail and execution, he captured the realism of the scene and added a few “wow factors!”

Devin began creating miniatures within the last five years, but his interest in interpretation through art, using old and random materials, started in his youth.

Now, he is building a business and a reputation fashioning his dreams and imaginings into small-scale realities. Gathering the elements of a piece present his happiest challenge, and then next wondering how best they can be crafted into his wildly imaginative creations.

The contributor of a fabulous piece of graffiti wall art for SquintBox, a miniature monthly subscription service (, this young talent is one to watch.

About BadAss Miniatures

Over 30 artists cause a little trouble by creating tiny art without boundaries. Defiant, quirky, and slightly uncomfortable. Welcome to the disobedient dollhouse.

BadAss Miniatures presents emerging perspectives in the miniature arts: an exhibition of original works in the miniature form contributed by artists from across the United States and abroad. Featured works represent a novel movement that challenges the status quo in the miniature art form through the presentation of unconventional ideas and concepts and the quirky, outlandish, surprising use of miniatures. “BadAss” aims to push the envelope on the traditional (rethink the dollhouse!) with an edgy and bold attitude showcasing the most jaw-dropping, surprising—maybe even shocking—miniature badassery to hit the 21st century.

BadAss was developed through the ongoing collaboration of Darren Scala and Kate Ünver, founder of dailymini, to push the boundaries of our traditional use of miniatures by spotlighting the edgy and bold attitudes of today’s artists.

BadAss Miniatures is on view through July 22 at YoHo Studios, 540-578 Nepperhan Avenue, Studio #566 in Yonkers, NY. Gallery hours are by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday 3-7pm and Saturday 11am-7pm. Hours are subject to change - visitors should call ahead.

For more information about BadAss Miniatures, please contact Darren T. Scala at D. Thomas Miniatures or visit For the latest innovations and news in miniature art, please visit

Exhibition Director: Donald Morcone

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D. Thomas Miniatures is a retail and gallery destination featuring top quality collectibles including 1/12th scale structure, furniture and accessories. The concept, designed to appeal to collectors, crafters and enthusiasts was created, in part, to raise awareness of miniatures as a decorative art form and to introduce the discipline not only to a new generation but to those who may just be discovering it! The gallery space showcases work in miniature by well-known artists from all over the world.

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