Philip Barlow Captures the Beauty of the Unknown with His Blurry Artwork

By: Riley von Niessen - Aug 10, 2016
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Philip Barlow is a South African painter who is most celebrated for his mysterious artwork, which depicts people and landscapes through an unclear lens. With this, Philip Barlow comments on the lack of familiarity people so often have with their surroundings, which is shown by the semi-realistic tone that each piece takes on.

Although the artist supplies a depth of detail, he blocks certain aspects from his viewers, especially the faces of the many figures. This gives the viewer a sense of complete anonymity while viewing Philip Barlow's work, allowing them to immerse themselves into a realm that they can more easily imagine themselves in as a result.

By focusing on specific details like the glistening of the sun on the water and the shadows of people on wet sand, Philip Barlow supplies his paintings with just enough to generate a dream-like atmosphere that's not too far from reality.