Artists / David Hart

David Hart was born in 1971, the son of miner and artist, Pro Hart. Raised in the dusty outback-mining town of Broken Hill, Australia, David spent his early years submersed in arts and culture. It was here that David was encouraged by his father to explore his own creative interests through exposure to painting, sculpting, enameling, casting and welding. It was in creating his first series of paintings at he just sixteen years of age that David too his first steps to becoming a full time visual artist. The years ahead saw him rise from the dust of that outback mining-town, to become recognised as one of Australia’s most well-known and highly collected artists.

David’s work is not easily placed within the boundaries of a single style or genre. He’s an avid explorer, and his expression has always been underpinned by his passion to push the boundaries of mediums and new applications. He believes experimentation has always been his greatest teacher, and it is through his discoveries, mistakes, and accidents that his greatest works have been created. The medium, or style, is purely a way in which he can connect his heart and mind to the canvas. Within exploration and creation, there is always a struggle, but he believes there can be no birth without pain; it’s this battle between the idea and the medium that makes the final work powerful.

Over time, David discovered that creating routines and habits in his work process would cause him to lose the ability to think critically about his own methods and techniques, and could possibly even lead to the death of his art. His challenge then, was to identify his own creative boundaries and overcome them through experimentation; in doing this, David believes he allows the work to remain spontaneous instead of methodical. Allowing things to happen spontaneously or by accident and staying clear of routine are the keys to his creative process.

David’s ability to make a connection with everyday people through his art has seen his popularity as a visual artist grow from strength to strength. His passion, determination and effort have helped him rise to become one of Australia’s most purchased and collected artists.

Influences

There is no doubt that one of David Hart’s greatest influences was his father and art mentor, Pro Hart. David says that he has never officially had an art lesson, but more what he would describe as exposure to opportunity, techniques and self-discovery. He believes that art is something that cannot be merely taught, nor something that can simply be learnt; he believes that art is a gift that already exists deep within a person’s soul. The only thing that can be taught is technique, and the only thing that can be learnt, is commitment to experimentation and discovery. In David’s opinion, this is the key to unlocking hidden gifts and potential. Influence should inspire people to explore what might be possible beyond their own boundaries, and should never be a repeat of someone else’s discovery.

Pro never forced art upon David and he never told David how things should be done. David says the greatest gift his father ever gave him was the opportunity to discover art for himself. Pro provided the environment for exposure to mediums and techniques; discovery was left up to David.

The benefits of Pro’s influence and encouragement were great influences on his art, but he has also benefited from his lifetime of exposure to artists who he was fortunate enough to meet as a young boy in his family home, some of whom have gone on to become Australian art icons. Possibly the second greatest influence on David’s career, is the art of Jackson Pollock. Aside from his father, Pollock is the single greatest outside influence on him; he can still recall the first time he saw a Pollock painting.

David recalls one of his first memories of Jackson Pollock: “I still remember the day I walked into my family’s living room as a small child, and there was my father, in his paint covered shorts and flip flops; he had a super 8 camera on an old tripod and he was filming our black and white TV. There were no VCRs in those days so Dad was filming with his Super eight camera to record a man on the screen who was painting outside his house on an old concrete slab. It was Jackson Pollock. I remember he had a cigarette hanging from his mouth that was dropping ash onto his painting while he worked. He was wearing paint splattered clothes and boots, and was painting a big canvas with large tins of paint. He was dripping paint everywhere using sticks and brushes, and didn’t seem to mind walking all over his painting as he worked. I’ll never forget being mesmerized as I stood in the middle of that room and watched him paint for the first time. I was only a young boy, but there was something about how he became part of his painting that greatly impacted me. What he was doing made a connection with me that has stayed until today. Up until that moment, art had just been for fun, but right there, in that living room, I new I wanted to paint like he was painting; I wanted to experience that connection to the canvas just like he did. I still have that old Super 8 video footage, and every now and then I still watch it.”

Aside from human influence, David has also had the privilege of being born and raised in the outback-mining town of Broken Hill in central NSW, Australia. Its harshness and beauty have also been a distinctive influence in his life, and growing up in Australian outback has left him with lasting memories of vast landscapes and interesting characters. Although David looks to express new things as he learns more about different places, mediums, and techniques, his influences and roots will remain as the driving force behind who he is and what he does. He will always paint from his soul and will always stay true to his gifting as he creates work that reflects his love of painting and his love for the outback he grew up in.

Achievements

David’s paintings are displayed in significant private collections throughout Europe, the United States of America, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Japan and other countries including:

− The Lord Earl Spencer Collection

− Governor of Bangkok Collection

− Mayor of Kaosiung Collection

− Mayor of Taipei Collection

− Donald Trump Collection

− Chairman of Formosa Plastic Group Collection

− City of Kobe Collection

− FIFA President, Jaoa Havelange Collection

− Chulito, President of Zambia Collection

− Nicole Kidman

− Australian Prime Minister, John Howard

− Marcia Hynes

− Vanessa Amorosi

− James Morrison

− Danni Hynes

David’s other significant achievements include:

1997 – The Brisbane Lord Mayor commissioned David to paint a series of city street scenes as gifts for Japanese diplomats.

1998 – Motorline BMW Brisbane commissioned David to paint a 4m x 2m flower mural, which led to his appointment as an ambassador for Motorline BMW.

1999 – Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) televised a documentary on the life of David Hart as part of the highly acclaimed “The Australian Story” series. The program was aired in Australia and overseas.

2000 – Queensland Paralympic Association commissioned David to paint the Opening Ceremony that was held at the Homebush Olympic Stadium. Titled “Share the Dream”, this painting was reproduced in 250 limited edition prints.

2001 – David moved his studio gallery from Albany Creek, Brisbane to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

2002 – David had a solo exhibition at his gallery in Mooloolaba.

2003 – David Hart Galleries opened in Hastings Street, Noosa.

David was chosen to represent Australia and joined a group of artists chosen from the world art community to exhibit at the Florence Biennale. The Biennale is one of the art world’s most prestigious events. Participation is by nomination only, and artworks are then considered by an international jury before final approval to exhibit is granted.

2005 – After a trip to New York, David received a personal letter from Donald Trump telling David how much he loved his work. David was also approached by five different galleries throughout the United States of America wanting to represent him.

2006 – David exhibited the Christ series at his Mooloolaba and Noosa galleries. David authored the most comprehensive biography ever written on his late father, world renowned artist Pro Hart, published by Ark House Press in 2007.

2007 – David researched and painted a significant and important body of work based on the arrival of the first white men on Australian soil, and the conflicts that ensued between white man and the traditional Aboriginal owners. This series is known as the Arrival series.

2009 – David exhibited a sell-out exhibition in Rockhampton, QLD and was a feature artist at an exhibition held at Greythorne Galleries in Melbourne and Manyung Gallery in Mornington Peninsula. He was a feature artist in the 2010 Collectors Exhibition exhibiting alongside David Boyd, Robert Dickerson, Pro Hart and d’Arcy W. Doyle. David also launched his 2010 Calendar at his one-man “Private Collection” exhibition at Mooloolaba in July, and in August he was the feature artist of the Nudgee College exhibition in Brisbane.

2010 – “Metal & Canvas” was a collaboration between Porsche Brisbane and David Hart.

David exhibited a stunning array of artworks alongside the impressive new 2010 Porsche Series. Hosted by the Porsche Centre Brisbane Showroom, this exceptional mix of automobiles and artworks set the scene for a sensational event.

2012-- David Hart, together with Norman’s wines, collaborated over 100 years of family heritage and skill to create the ultimate masterpiece, Hart Special Edition wines. These were released in May and are sold exclusively through Get Wines Direct. David was selected by Telstra to paint a mural for the 2012 London Olympic Games to launch the Telstra Hero Message campaign. It was started at Customs House in Sydney with Olympic champions Cathy Freeman and Geoff Huegill, and then completed in David’s studio. The artwork now hangs in the Australian Olympic Committee art collection.

David’s Australia Mural was hung in QLD Parliament and officially accepted by Hon. Glen Elmes, Minister for Multicultural Affairs in November 2012.

2013 – David set up an agency in Korea to represent his work. The launch was held at the Australian Embassy. Dr Sang Min Woo, Korean Commissioner of Trade & Investment, made the opening remarks and welcomed David to Korea. Later in 2013 David held his first solo exhibition in Seoul, Korea at the Grand Hyatt, which was attended by many politicians, celebrities, and wealthy citizens.

2014 – David set up an agency in Singapore to represent his work. David was selected by the QLD Government to represent QLD artists at the opening of the

China Construction Bank in Brisbane during the G20 Leaders Summit.

2015 – David completed an eight-and-a-half year project entitled Our Secret War, a 47-piece Australian colonial history exhibition. Our Secret War is based on the invasion of Australia by the British first fleet in 1788, and the impact that the invasion had on the land, its resources, and the displacement and maltreatment of the indigenous people. There is a strong focus on indigenous heroes and their formidable resilience and resistance against the British invasion of the land they belonged to. This confronting exhibition has attracted strong interest from galleries and museums around Australia and throughout Asia. David has also authored a book to accompany this exhibition and plans to exhibit the artworks extensively throughout Australia and overseas.

David authored a personal biography on his life and work that will be due for release early 2016 which will be his third published book. His second book Our Secret War is due for release, along with the completed artworks, in 2016.

David and wife Christine and their family relocated in 2015 to the United States after selling their Mooloolaba gallery and closed the Hastings Street location.  David’s work is now proudly represented by Jive Art on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads.

 

Works

Exposure 2017 by David Hart

Exposure

Acrylic on Canvas, Framed

90 x 90 painting, 120 x 120 cm Framed.

Dragonfly Red 2017 by David Hart

Dragonfly Red

Oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 21 x 18 cm, plus Framing

Beach Party 124-16 2017 by David Hart

Beach Party 124-16

Oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 16 x 13 cm, plus framing

Sailing Boats 2017 by David Hart

Sailing Boats

oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 25 x 20 cm, plus framing

Midnight Orchid 2017 by David Hart

Midnight Orchid

Oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 40 x 30 cm, plus framing

Bush Orchid 2017 by David Hart

Bush Orchid

Oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 14 x 11.5 cm, plus framing

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Summer Flowers 2017 by David Hart

Summer Flowers

Oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 25 x 20 cm, plus framing

Tangled Flowers 2017 by David Hart

Tangled Flowers

Acrylic on Canvas, Framed

Painting 60 x 46 cm, plus framing

Blue Orchic 2017 by David Hart

Blue Orchic

Oil on Canvas, Framed

Painting 21 x 18 cm, plus framing

Beach Party 2017 by David Hart

Beach Party

Acrylic on Canvas, Framed

30 x 40 cm, plus framing.

Orange Vase 2016 by David Hart

Orange Vase

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Yellow Vase 2015 by David Hart

Yellow Vase

Acrylic and oil on canvas, Framed.

Unframed 40 x 30 cm. $2,600

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Beach Party 2015 by David Hart

Beach Party

Oil on canvas, Framed.

50 x 40 cm unframed. $3,900

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Midnight Bloom 2015 by David Hart

Midnight Bloom

Oil on canvas, Framed.

Unframed 60 x 45 cm. $4,500

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Red Orchid 2015 by David Hart

Red Orchid

Oil on canvas, Framed.

30 x 30 cm unframed. $925

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Dragonfly at Sunset 2015 by David Hart

Dragonfly at Sunset

Oil on canvas, Framed.

21 x 18 cm unframed. $1,250

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