Philip Barlow was born in 1968 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Although he works within a long tradition of landscape painting, his depiction of the “seen” landscape is simply a vehicle through which he navigates territory of another nature. 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. Bathed in the luminosity, it is his hope that they would become more beautiful. To Barlow, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality. Philip Barlow currently lives and paints in Riebeek Kasteel, near Cape Town. He is married and has two children and two dogs.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Philip Barlow