My 81-year-old father, artist Philip Barlow, is my teacher, inspiration and mentor. He still paints every day, and in April will be featured in a two-person exhibition at Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. I LOVE this recent painting of his -- titled "Sharing the Real Thing." It spotlights a great American icon and infuses it with playful romance. In this 100-year anniversary of Coke, it is so inspiring to see an 81-year-old artist, who continually strives to keep his own work fresh and vibrant, celebrate an iconic part of Americana with a nod to the past and a dose of whimsy and wit. Here's to getting better with AGE!
“One of my earliest memories of art is watching my father, Philip Barlow, at the end of a long day, sitting and pondering a new painting he brought home from his studio. Did it “say” what his mind’s eye wanted it to say?
I took some creative detours – acting and writing – before finding my voice as an artist. I studied with amazing teachers and mentors in San Francisco, at UC Berkeley and the Art Students League of New York, but I have been influenced most by the work, words, wisdom – and the powerful “mind’s eye” of my father.