Mile Saula

photo courtesy of Mile Saula

artist´s name

Mile Saula

birth date

1970

place of birth

Serbia

place of study

FACULTY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, BELGRADE (FSU), master of arts (paintings)

solo-shows selection

2019. Gallery Belgrade Waterfront, Belgrade

2018. Gallery Drina, Belgrade

2015. Galerie Chez Grace, Paris

2015. Galerie Abstract project, Paris

2015. Galerie Francois Deneullin Barreax France

2014. Gallery Loft Sputnik, San Francisco

2014. Galerie Julliana Hundertmark, Berlin

2013. Galerie L` Echaude, Paris

2012. Galerie Zeit Zone, Berlin

2010. Produzent Galerie Rammlmair, Hannover

2009. Galerie Prima Centar, Berlin

2008. Galerie Galleria d'arte 18, Bologna

2008. Galerie Art contemporary gallery Croissant, Brusselles

2008. Galerie ART & FIRE, Nice

2007. Galerie Arts Point Suspension, Florac France

2004. Galerie SULUJ, Belgrade

2002. Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

2000. Galerie SULUJ, Belgrade

group shows selection

2020. Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty (Curated by Ethan Cohen and Raul Zamudio), New York

2013. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2011. Salon COMPARAISONS, Paris

2011. Nord Art, Kunstwerk CarlshĂĽtte, Budelsdorf, Germany

2011. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2008. Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture a l`Eau,Grand Palais Paris

2008. Salon de Lyon est Sud-Est , Lyon

2008. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2008. Iwano project (drawing on handmade paper from Japan), Museum "25.May" Belgrade

2007. 59.Salon de mai, Paris

2007. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2007. Salon SNBA, Carousell du Louvre Paris

2007. PARCOURS DE L'ART , Avignon

2007. National biennial of drawing , Belgrade

2006. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2006. Exposition of Association of fine artists of Serbia, Belgrade

2005. 3rd International biennial of drawing, Victoria (Australia)

2005. National biennial of drawing , Belgrade

2005. Exposition of Association of fine artists of Serbia, Belgrade

2004. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2003. National biennial of drawing , Belgrade

2003. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2002. MatrixArts Winners exhibition , Sacramento

2002. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2001. MatrixArts International exhibition , Sacramento

2000. Exposition of Association of fine artists of Serbia, Belgrade

awards

2001. FIRST AWARD - MatrixArts International exhibition Sacramento

2002. Residence Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

2006. PRIX MARIN - 60. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

2010. Intenational Workshop Mostrarsi, Milano

2011. PRIX MARIN - 65. Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris

selected private & public collections

Dr Rainer Habekost Collection, Stuttgart

Galerie L`Echaude Collection, Paris

Dr Svetlana Bogdanovic Collection, Belgrade

Vincent Basin Collection, Grenoble

Agence Deneullin Collection, Bergen

Hager Bjornstad Collection, Oslo

Petrikic family Collection, Belgrade

Eileen Kaminsky family foundation, New York

Ethan Cohen family Collection, New York

 

artist Statement

Mile Saula (b.1970) is a painter in possession of a unique vision and pronounced fantastic lyricism. His process begins from research of the unconscious through the formal aspects of painting, gradually becoming more and more populated by the presence of contours, figures and phenomena outside of the visible world.

Saulas early painterly cycles were engaged with explorations of material (sand, pigment, earth) organised into abstract compositions, maintaining an aspect of the shamanistic drawings of Native Americans. Since 2002, he began to regularly exhibit at the prestigious Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris (founded in 1939), the salon with the longest pedigree for showing abstract art in the Western world. Its name is derived from the idea that abstraction represents a new reality which stems purely from itself, which incited Saula to think deeper into the meaning of new reality, and to paint with growing focus and strength of colour.

At the beginning of 2010, a change occurred in the organisation of plastic and dynamic elements of Saulas paintings. He found a way to free his paintings and to express a certain poetic aesthetic that increasingly resembled a dreamscape. Although colour is still of the utmost importance, he was less and less interested in its formal aspects, leaving the nonfigural abstraction and stepping closer towards the vision of his own “inner film”. His canvases became limitless and layered metaphysical landscapes in which forms, signs and anthropomorphic forms are released from the previous tablet-like frames, instead opening the space for the intensifying presence of apparitions, spectres, figures, animals, plants and the natural world. In the period from 2010 to 2017, Saula moved from synthetic towards lyrical abstraction and fantastic painting, from searching for transcendence through precise articulation towards the looser language of forms and signs, aiming to capture the elevated reality: that which can only be seen in the corner of one`s eye, where paintings serve as the guides that allow the viewer to discover their own contemplative states, visions and mental vistas.

Saula believes that a painting mustn`t be confined to itself nor to its formal aspects, but rather to depict life much like that on paintings of Hieronymus Boschs Garden of Earthly Delights where "in the vortex of events there is a lot of what life represents: the searching, the games, the hidden secrets". Saulas method recognises the interconnectedness of loose forms that capture the inner life of those unusual encounters. He is interested in the eclectic image that has a certain multi- and malfunctionality, the drifting motifs hinting at the elusive nature of all complexity, dreamt or real.

The basic place of his paintings and drawings is a kind of "wild nature", a flat unbounded plain populated by the segments of dreams, mythology, theatre, poetry, film and other arts and artists, especially those of magical realism, surrealism, Southern Gothic or noir, as well as literature - Haruki Murakami, Paul Auster, Yukio Mishima, David Lynch.

Text: Mile Saula

about the artist´s work

Mile Saula // It is still there (cklick into the picture to enlarge it)

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Mile Saula // It is still there (cklick into the picture to enlarge it)
2021
100 x 120 cm // 39 x 47 inches
oil on canvas
Mile Saula // Hidden

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Mile Saula // Hidden
2020
120 x 150 cm // 47 x 59 inches
oil on canvas
Mile Saula // An unusual place

photo courtesy of Mile Saula

Mile Saula // An unusual place
2020
120 x 150 cm // 47 x 59 inches
oil on canvas