Philip Barlow’s Out of Focus Paintings

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Working in the tradition of landscape painting, South African artist Philip Barlow creates these ethereal, abstracted oil-on-linen paintings that give the illusion of blurry, out-of-focus photographs. The landscapes he paints are often figurative and full of city life, evoking both a familiarity and strangeness. Using this blurred effect, Barlow leaves much to the imagination of the viewer, hinting at forms and shapes and using the play of light and shadow to explore the line between the physical and the spiritual. Barlow notes, “The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.” (via Biritim)

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