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The perfect real life paintings of Robert Brownhall

The perfect real life paintings of Robert Brownhall

Q Weekend Magazine recently featured the story “Shot on Site” which is about Brisbane born and educated painter Robert Brownhall. This story immediately drew my attention as I was very taken by the pictures shown of his work. His subjects are mostly office towers, bridges, suburban houses and skylines that form the backdrop of our daily lives in South East Queensland. These paintings are very lifelike as he captures light and shade, sunny, rainy or foggy weather. The painting that really captured me was his “Albert Street Uniting Church at night 2011”. The detail of this work is so perfect that, at first glance, I thought I was looking at an actual photograph of the Albert Street Uniting Church that had been “shot on site”.

Robert Brownhall, Kurilpa Bridge 2010

Although Robert Brownhall has painted around the world it’s Brisbane, his hometown, that holds his attention as most of his work is locally inspired. His bird’s-eye view of scenes, characterised by a strong connection to place, was inspired during his earlier day job as a tree lopper.

Since his first art-student exhibition he has garnered a loyal following, given the resonance of his largely South East Queensland subject matter.

You can view Robert Brownhall’s exhibition at Brisbane City Council’s Museum of Brisbane on display from Fri 15 April 2011 – Sun 31 July 2011. It is the first survey of his work and encompasses twenty years of painting.

Photo: courtesy of the Robert Brownhall website.

Yours in Brisbane artists,

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