Somewhere in the City traced the career to date of Robert Brownhall, who set out to find subjects by driving around in his car
Brownhall has captured the transformation of Brisbane and, along the way created his own urban narratives about familiar scenes. His work recounted quintessential Brisbane from the past two decades such as Caxton Street’s night strip, Harry’s Fine Foods, Fortitude Valley, Fourex Brewery, and the Ekka’s Sideshow Alley.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1991 he has gathered a loyal following in his home city, given the resonance of his largely south-east Queensland subject matter. His quirky style and signature birds-eye view of scenes is characterised by a strong connection to place. The moody nocturnes, broad panoramas and gritty vignettes of urban life translated into paint by Brownhall have extended a local poetry. This exhibition was the first survey of his work and encompasses 20 years of painting. It records the changing face of Brisbane during one of the most dynamic periods of its history.
As a former tree lopper, taught by Queensland-based landscape painter William Robinson, Brownhall is today considered one of Australia’s most sought after artists amongst collectors.