WORDS Amelia Brown IMAGES Philip Barlow
Cape Town-based artist Philip Barlow’s latest series of oil paintings, entitled Night, feature beautiful, abstract, out-of-focus cityscapes.
Known for his city and beach scenes, these dreamy night compositions don’t lack any of the signature lightness he is able to capture in his trademark style of blurred lines and orbs of colour. For Philip, who is based in Riebeek-Kasteel with his family, light is the ultimate subject “because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality”.
“Although I work within a long tradition of landscape painting, my depiction of the ‘seen’ landscape is simply a vehicle through which I navigate territory of another nature,” explains Philip of his work. “A landscape less ordinary; where the line between the physical and the spiritual realm has seemingly been removed. However, these scenarios are not intended to be of a surreal nature. Hopefully they will seem curiously familiar and convincingly real.”
“The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them,” he continues. “Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful.”