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The Philip Barlow 'The City' Series Beautifully Hides Details

The Philip Barlow 'The City' series captures the movement of urban environments. The South African artist Philip Barlow created this series of portraits to capture the liveliness of urban environments. Yet, as Barlow's website explains, the artist "hints at forms and shapes in his work, not all the information is given, therefore allowing the viewer an avenue to create their own stories and meanings."

In this series, the abstraction of shapes recreates the fast-paced nature of city living. Every blur in the painting becomes the motion of the urban landscape that provides a captivating realism.

Though the series is obscured, Barlow uses a technique that reflects natural and artificial lighting into the paintings that allow them to appear as a glaring photograph.