Surrealist Paintings

Surrealist Art and Surrealist Paintings are part of the Surrealism movement which is a cultural development that started in 1917, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes, sometimes with photographic precision. Thus creating strange creatures from everyday objects, and developing painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.

Mil Antonis    

Mil Antonis was born on 11 April 1928 in Beerzel (Putte), Belgium.

Mils Surrealist Paintings is the real world with combinations of alien and mechanical structures. These are further combined with nature, leaves and imagined interstellar worlds. They then all started to became intertwined, that they then became his new reality.

His Surrealist Paintings can be divided into four distinct outputs: 1. Still Life. 2. Metal & Mechanical Structures. 3. Figures, Machines & Structures. 4. Leaves & Illuminated Nature.

Magical Surrealism

His work continued to evolve, and his work as seen in the mid-1970s was then primarily referred to as “Magical Surrealism”. This was abstraction mixed with purely figurative forms. Especially impressive are his “Figures, Machines & Structures” that he incorporated into a mechanical machine world. These were mainly figurative portraits of his daughter Ria, framed by brightly painted metals and machine parts real and unreal. He saw beyond the visible, “Iron changes its colours, rust browns, when heated and it turns orange, cold its black or blue”

At the end of the 1980s, he brought more vivid colours into his work. He started to produce some still life paintings of floral arrangements, fruit, and nature. However these were heightened with unreal and intense illuminated colours. In the course of the 1990s he successfully took several of his subjects from earlier periods and renewed them. Portraits of ladies with the surreal hats, and brightly painted still life with birds or giant hazelnuts. His work now was much more brighter in colour than in his earlier works from the 1960s.

New works from the 1990s period also contain many paintings with leaves, covering eyes, ears and mouths and have traces of the occult. Playing with light has always been an important factor in his work and the colours are more burnished and brighter. Mil also started to paint some childhood memories. An example is the boy on a wooden horse that shows the local Beerzel church in the background.

Fame & Recognition

He broke through nationally in the 1970s, after an exhibition in Brussels and his paintings and popularity in Belgium grew to a national level. His work is now found throughout Europe and beyond. Mils artworks have been purchased by the Belgian municipal and Belgian state galleries.

Credits: (Biography based on texts by Pierre and Jul Anthonissen)