Philip Barlow

(Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 1968 - Present)


Philip Barlow was born in 1968 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He has a passion for light, color and the drama that unfolds in a city. After painting in the same style for 16 years he feels he has honed and is beginning to perfect what he first started exploring all those years ago.

Philip reminds us that even in a broken world, where people often have lost hope, corruption is rife and cynicism dwells we still have hope and beauty do exist. His primary intention is to lift the eyes and to elevate a moment that is seemingly ordinary. He endlessly discovers and explores the beauty and the sublime in the mundane. He uses his camera to capture that elusive moment when the magic happens and shape, form and color relations dance like jewels. He plays with abstraction but continues to explore realism and keep us close to the recognizable, his intention is never to alienate but to rather invite the viewer into the image.

Philip sees the photograph he takes like a muted film and the completed painting as the same film with sound and music.

Born 1968 in Pietermaritzburg, Barlow graduated in 1990 from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a Diploma of Graphic Fine Art (Printing, Stained Glass and Photography). He has shown in numerous exhibitions locally, as well as in the USA and in Greece. Barlow currently lives and paints in Riebeeck Kasteel in the Western Cape.