Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has appointed Australian realist painter, Robert Brownhall, as its first ‘artist-in-residence’ of the airport.

The first-of-its-kind appointment at an Australian airport reflects BAC’s long-term commitment to support local performing and visual arts to create a legacy for nurturing local artists.

BAC CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe said: "BAC invests heavily in Brisbane’s art scene as the city is rapidly becoming known as a cultural capital and we want to play a part in that.

"The role of the ‘artist in residence’ is to develop a suite of sketches and paintings depicting everyday events, people, architecture and changes at Brisbane Airport (BNE)"

"The role of the ‘artist in residence’ is to develop a suite of sketches and paintings depicting everyday events, people, architecture and changes at Brisbane Airport (BNE)."

The artist is acclaimed for his ability to paint and sketch vivid images of real-life stories of Brisbane and its people.

Brisbane airport, which is a key medium to connect almost 22 million people every year to Queensland, will serve as an "ideal place for Robert to chronicle", according to the company.

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Brownhall will enjoy access to all areas both in the international and domestic terminals to have a behind-the-scenes view of the airport.

He said: "Airports are fascinating places.

"Some areas are bustling with human activity others have exciting and dramatic architecture.

"I also like the large long windows that feature the landscape and the great skies of South East Queensland."

Brisbane Airport is one of the nation’s largest collections of public art displayed throughout its terminals and airport area.

Brisbane Philip Bacon Galleries Philip Bacon said: "The BAC’s support for the arts in Brisbane is exemplary, and this inaugural ‘Artist in Residence’ program is further proof, if proof was required, of the importance they place on the role of the arts in defining a city, a state, and a nation."

Brownhall’s work will be exhibited at the end of a six-month tenure, with one piece being chosen as a permanent addition to BAC’s extensive public art collection.

Image: Brisbane Airport with 22 million passengers each year will be a perfect place for Robert to chronicle. Photo: courtesy of Brisbane Airport.