Trilogy (SOLD)

 Barlow, Phillip

Medium:

Oil On Canvas, 2008

Dimensions:

100cm x 78cm

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My inspiration, and challenge, is to create visual documents that reflect my Christian faith – the beliefs and values that define me. Using everyday scenes, I explore illuminated moments within our seemingly ordinary lives. 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. Philip currently lives and paints in Noordhoek, Cape Town. He is married and has two children and a dog.

Born 1968 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. 1974 – 1986 Rhodes Estate Prep School, Matopes, Zimbabwe 
St Andrews College, Grahamstown, South Africa 1987 – 1990 Diploma in Graphic Fine Art (Printing, Stained Glass and Photography) from Port Elizabeth Technikon (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) 1991 – 1994 Travels Europe while developing his talent. Produces approximately 500 portaits in pastel and charcoal, painted 8 murals and completes around 200 watercolour / pen and ink drawings. 1995 – 2001 Executes murals and ceiling paintings in various homes and corporate spaces. 
Years distinguished by extensive exploration of other creative aspects of painting. 2002 A new style in his work sees abstraction taking the focus, an offshoot of previous discoveries.
Teaches foundational drawing skills to adults. 2003 This Thing of Light – first solo exhibition at the Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town 2004 Identity – group exhibition of South African artists Fortis Circustheater, Scheveningen, Holland
Glow – solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg 2005 Solo exhibition at the Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town 2006 De Light – solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg 2008 Vapor – solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg
Luminosity – solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town 2009 Boréal Publishers use “Passing” for a book cover by Dany Laferrière, L`Enigme du Retour.
Art That Inspires – 10-20 Anniversary – group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
Group exhibition at Hespe Gallery, San Franciso, USA. 2010 Light Train – solo exhibition at Obert Contemproary, Johannesburg. 2011 Persona – group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
Group exhibition at Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
The Homestead Charity Art Auction at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
Boréal Publishers print a second ‘compact’ version of the Dany Laferrière novel, L`Enigme du Retour.

Collections Bowman Gilfillan, Johannesburg 
Nandos, London.

Taken from: www.philipbarlow.com