• Mila Posthumus

    Mila Posthumus
    • Artist Statement
      • I work in oil, on canvas in a fairly realistic style. At the moment I am intrigued by human social interaction, the effects of 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.
    • Biography
      • Selected Exhibitions:

        2016
        Solo exhibition PORTRAIT at StateoftheART, Cape Town

        2015
        Solo exhibition Stillness & Motion at StateoftheART, Cape Town

        2014
        Solo exhibition Tell Me A Story at StateoftheART, Cape Town

        2012
        Exhibition at Oude Libertas Gallery
        Stellenbosch Art Association exhibition at Sasol Gallery

        2011
        Stellenbosch Art Association exhibition

        2010
        Exhibition at IS Gallery, Franschoek

        2010
        Exhibition at University of Stellenbosch Gallery, sponsored by SASOL

        2010
        Solo Exhibition at Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek

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

        2007
        Solo exhibition, Dorp Street Gallery

        2003
        Joint exhibition Morgenhof Estate

        2002
        Solo Exhibition at Bloom Gallery, Stellenbosch
    • Interview
      • 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.
  • Girl - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Girl
    Painting / 70 x 60 cm
    $1 314
  • Guy - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Guy
    Painting / 60 x 70 cm
    $1 314
  • Afternoon - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Afternoon
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
    $1 767
  • The Girl At The Bar - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    The Girl At The Bar
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
    $1 767
  • Portrait With Two Coats - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Portrait With Two Coats
    Painting / 40 x 50 cm
    $527
  • Portrait With Kimono - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Portrait With Kimono
    Painting / 54 x 40 cm
    $877
  • Portrait With Fur Collar - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Portrait With Fur Collar
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
    $1 314
  • Portrait With Pink Night Dress And Reader - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Portrait With Pink Night Dress And Reader
    Painting / 87 x 67 cm
    $1 575
  • Portrait At The Cafe - Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Portrait At The Cafe
    Painting / 80 x 70 cm
    $1 314
  • Traffic - Figurative Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus MILA POSTHUMUS
    Traffic
    Figurative Oil Painting / 90 x 60 cm
    $1 096
  • Not The One - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Not The One
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
  • Small Portrait #VIII - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Small Portrait #VIII
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • Small Portrait #VI - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Small Portrait #VI
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • Small Portrait #VII - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Small Portrait #VII
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • Small Portrait #II - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Small Portrait #II
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • Small Portrait #IX - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Small Portrait #IX
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • Portrait With Sequins - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Portrait With Sequins
    Painting / 60 x 70 cm
  • Portrait With Water Glass - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Portrait With Water Glass
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
  • Portrait With Sunglasses - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Portrait With Sunglasses
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • Immigrant (hexaptych) - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Immigrant (hexaptych)
    Painting / 135 x 25 cm
  • Turn - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Turn
    Oil Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Motion - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Motion
    Oil Painting / 80 x 70 cm
  • The Reader - Figurative Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The Reader
    Figurative Oil Painting / 50 x 60 cm
  • Morning Coffee - Figurative Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Morning Coffee
    Figurative Oil Painting / 60 x 50 cm
  • A Cigarette Before Leaving - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    A Cigarette Before Leaving
    Oil Painting / 60 x 45 cm
  • Chance Meeting - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Chance Meeting
    Oil Painting / 100 x 80 cm
  • Early Call - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Early Call
    Oil Painting / 100 x 85 cm
  • After - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    After
    Oil Painting / 85 x 85 cm
  • End Of The Line - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    End Of The Line
    Oil Painting / 90 x 60 cm
  • Smoke Break - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Smoke Break
    Oil Painting / 66 x 79 cm
  • Glass Ceiling - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Glass Ceiling
    Oil Painting / 73 x 61 cm
  • The New Pink - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The New Pink
    Oil Painting / 69 x 76 cm
  • Text Message - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Text Message
    Oil Painting / 45 x 60 cm
  • Pink Chair - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Pink Chair
    Oil Painting / 45 x 60 cm
  • Yellow Dress - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Yellow Dress
    Oil Painting / 70 x 90 cm
  • The Opening II - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The Opening II
    Painting / 73 x 61 cm
  • Us Three - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    Us Three
    Painting / 100 x 80 cm
  • The Interview - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The Interview
    Painting / 45 x 60 cm
  • The Tattoo - Oil Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The Tattoo
    Oil Painting / 60 x 70 cm
  • The Waiting Game - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The Waiting Game
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm
  • The Morning Paper - Painting by Mila Posthumus
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    The Morning Paper
    Painting / 100 x 80 cm