In a fascinating series of bokeh-style oil paintings, artist Philip Barlow studies and explores his love of light. The South African artist who currently lives and paints in Riebeek Kasteel, near Cape Town explains:
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. 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 my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.
Barlow’s oil paintings have been said to capture what the world looks like to people with blurry vision. Below you will find a few examples of Barlow’s fascinating work and you can find many more at the links below.[h/t ksapx on reddit]