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Robert Brownhall Amongst His Sketches by Naomi White

Robert Brownhall amongst his sketches

Naomi White

A portrait of
Robert Brownhall
Medium
Oil

Dimensions

137 x 183 cm
Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category
Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists
About the artwork

This painting shows Robert Brownhall surrounded by the delicate sketches he draws before embarking on larger paintings. Brownhall draws as a way of thinking through images, to record the scenes he observes. He experiments with point of view often working in his car or high rise buildings. These drawings are beautiful pieces of art in themselves. 

About the sitter

Robert Brownhall is a landscape artist who paints in a unique, realist style that often gives a birds-eye view of a scene. Brownhall’s paintings have a strong connection to place, depicting unique night scenes, sweeping panoramas and wistful vignettes of urban life. Brownhall’s work is held in the collections of major museums and private collectors. 

About the artist

Naomi White is a landscape artist who on this occasion has delved into portraiture. She has won and been selected as a finalist in various art awards including the Wynne Prize, Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Fleurieu Biennial Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, John Leslie Art Prize, Bermingham Prize, and Calleen Art Award. White inspires the viewer to reconsider their perceptions of the environment and find the beauty within the things you pass by everyday.

“Visiting Rob in his studio to get reference for this portrait was delightful. I think we spent more time chatting than actually sitting for the portrait.”

Behind the scenes

Visiting Rob in his studio to get reference for this portrait was delightful. I think we spent more time chatting than actually sitting for the portrait. 

I went a few times to get the right light but as usual when I plan things, like getting up before dawn so the light hits his studio wall perfectly, it decides to rain that day. We managed anyway.