Mila Posthumus

Mila Posthumus

Stellenbosch | 3 artworks for sale

I work in oil, on canvas in a fairly realistic style. My art is situational: I am intrigued by human social interaction, the effect of the interaction - and how emotion is detected in posture and micro facial expression; how a bag is clutched, an eyebrow arched, a mouth set.

I do however paint a variety of subjects, and each category seems to be inspired by something different. When doing a still life, I think technique is very important and when doing landscapes- invariably the South African landscape- I am moved by sentiment or nostalgia, painting buildings on the verge of disappearance or the endless open space of the Karoo.

Ultimately, I paint, as all artists do, life as seen through my eyes and directed by my experience.
Mila Posthums is a contemporary South African painter. Her impressionistic figural deptictions of men and women are often set in glamorous scenes: bars, clubs or cafés.  The artist's work is infused with an air of Hopper-like melancholy - her impressionistic figural works are set in shallow spaces and often rendered with muted, earthy tones. Mila's application of paint is tactile: her brush strokes varying between sharp focus and blurred lines , with the underlying process often left visible in places.
In 2013,  the artist was commissioned to create work for the permanent collection at the War Museum of the Boer Republic in Bloemfontein.
Posthumus currently lives and works in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Selected Exhibitions:

Solo exhibition POOLSIDE at StateoftheART, Cape Town

Solo exhibition PORTRAIT at StateoftheART, Cape Town

Solo exhibition Tell Me A Story at StateoftheART, Cape Town

Exhibition at Oude Libertas Gallery
Stellenbosch Art Association exhibition at Sasol Gallery

Stellenbosch Art Association exhibition

Exhibition at IS Gallery, Franschoek
Exhibition at University of Stellenbosch Gallery, sponsored by SASOL
Solo Exhibition at Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek

'Angel' exhibitions at Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek, 2006 to 2009

Solo exhibition, Dorp Street Gallery

Joint exhibition Morgenhof Estate

Solo Exhibition at Bloom Gallery, Stellenbosch

What music are you currently listening to and why?
The radio, mostly.  I love radio as a medium, especially student run stations as they have almost no advertising, the DJs are often fresh and unpretentious and the music new and interesting.

Which living artists do you most admire and why?
There are many,( I admire almost all artists for their commitment) but I do have favourites. John Meyer,  Albert Redelinghuys and H. Craig Hannah because they paint and draw so beautifully.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Johannes Vermeer, Carel Fabritius, Edouard Manet, Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, again for the beauty of their technique.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
I very much enjoyed an exhibition by Wim Botha in the  National Gallery. It was mostly sculpture and he managed to turn accepted views on their head in such a clever way and with so much grace and skill without allowing the work to depend on its ironic meaning.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
’What is your favourite subject matter?’ It’s difficult to answer because it changes all the time. At the moment I am intrigued by social interaction and the effects of social interaction between people.

What/ who inspired you to be an artist ?
I think perhaps my mother, who admired ever single doodle I ever made and thought I was an artist long before I actually was one.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance this location has.
I have a studio in my house on the farm and one in town so that I can spend more time painting and less on the road!

What do you like most about being an artist?
The act of putting paint onto canvas, of creating something.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
I think it has to be that I am still inspired to paint, after so many hours spent doing it. There is always something waiting to be painted.