Lisl Barry, fine artist based in Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, Western Cape - South Africa Lisl Barry, artist and author based in Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, Western Cape - South Africa
 Exhibition notes : 

Notes from the Artist's mind _ Bokeh


Bokeh (n) is borrowed from Japanese, where the word

‘boke’ (bo-ke) means a haze or blur. Interestingly, it

also means brain fog of senility or old age. In English it

refers to an out of focus, blurred area of an image in

photography which is used mostly to accentuate a focal

point or to create an abstract effect.

In these oil paintings I experimented with the concept of

bokeh for a variety of purposes - some of which I have

outlined below. I created a richness of colour and subtle

shapes through overlapping layers of glazes, at the same

time developing depth and tonal values; building up layer

upon layer and pulling off subsequent glazes to reveal

colours from hidden layers beneath, by means of fingers

and cloth.

(An inside titbit here: you know those holey socks that

mysteriously come out of the washing machine partnerless

forever more? They are perfect for this!)

Komorebi (oil on canvas)

A pastime which gives me much pleasure is simply to

look up into trees and watch the sunlight weaving across

the leaves, in hues of greens and yellows and blues

(depending on the season or evergreeness of the tree);

intercepted by twigs in calligraphy-like lines.

It’s mesmerising and especially calming.

Interesting, like bokeh, the title for this painting

is a Japanese word which seemed so very fitting for

this piece. Indeed this singular word sums up so much

quite poetically. Komorebi roughly translated means

'sunlight that filters through trees. '

Festival of Light (oil on canvas) -
entire painting (top) and close ups (below)

Need I say more?

Out of Light l, ll, lll

For many creatures camouflage and stillness are a

matter of course to ensure their survival. It’s that

quality of stillness that I wanted to capture in these

paintings, while contrasting with a playful scattering

of light. The scattering light merging with the three

giraffes’ fragmented camouflage, makes me still

ponder upon whether the light is concealing the

creatures or whether they are taking form out

of the light!

Reading between the Stripes

My intention with Reading between the Stripes was

to create a visual thought provoking statement by depicting

elements of the present and the past - between what is

now here and what once was. The ‘striped horse’ (Cape

Mountain Zebra) roamed widely in the area where there

is now a sprawling, rural town. The zebra standing so

acceptingly between the stripes of the shuttered

windows (representing the present), are connected by

the dappled shadow which creates a sense of blurring

(is what we are seeing in the past or is it the present?).

My intention was to present a playful, but sobering

reminder that we need to wake up to what now needs

protecting and not create any more "once was-es".