Myopia, a vision problem that makes distant objects appear blurred, was the inspiration of South African Philip Barlow for a series of pictures. The artist paints daily scenes with oil paint, those we encounter in our everyday lives, to convert them into new landscapes enveloped in singular beauty. We have previously shown his work here.
The smoothness of the lines, which is nothing more than a blur similar to that seen by defective eyes, offers a vaguely shaped world filled with anonymous people. It is, therefore, a reality that offers more possibilities for the viewer’s imagination.
“These are not really a specific project as such but part of the continuation of mine into the exploration of color, light, and form. Some of the pieces are part of exhibitions I have had or paintings from trips I have taken,” the artist explained when asked how this project came about.
Philip explores the subject of the city and beach wearing two caps. The first as a street/beach photographer seeking to capture that sublime moment. The second as a colorist, transforming these images with oil paint onto canvas or linen. For Philip, light itself is a wonder where design and mystery dwell and glory can be seen.
We believe no myopic will be surprised by the paintings presented here, but we would still love to hear what you think in the comments.
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