Coming into Focus: The Art of Philip Barlow

Philip Barlow, Ultramarine, oil on canvas, 1.2 x 1.8 m

Cape-town based Philip Barlow (b. 1968) paints the way photographers capture images – using out-of-focus points of light known as bokeh. Like bokeh photography, Barlow’s oil paintings are never quite in focus, as though he has taken a photography without properly adjusting the lens. But effect is aesthetically beautiful; each painting is a luminous swirl of colors and shapes that delights the eyes and celebrates the way light acts as a reflector of the landscape.

Refuge II, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm.
Afternoon Shimmer, oil on linen, 90 x 90 cm
Leaving Shibuya, oil on canvas, 1.2m x 2.5m
Glass II, oil on canvas, 1.2 x 1.8m
Electric III, oil on linen, 1.3 x 1.2m

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