Pro Hart is an Australian painter brown in Broken Hill NSW in1928, who peacefully passed in his home in 2006.
The artist began drawing from a young age, illustrating his homework at seven and processed artistically throughout his whole life. Despite working long hours in an underground mine, Hart continued to paint and went on to formalise his techniques in his early thirties by taking art classes.
He was discovered in the early 1960’s as a painter by a gallery owner in Adelaide and his popularity as an outback artist began to rise!
Pro Harts collections would sell out and Pro began traveling the world. He met Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers and his art resides in large international collections.
His creative spirit knew no bounds, experimenting with “performance art” years before it became fashionable; dropping paint from hot air balloons, creating ice sculptures and even using a cannon to distribute paint on his chosen medium.
hart went on to work in oils and acrylics and would use any tool or method including layering, chiaroscuro, glazing, scumbling, scratching and Alla primato achieve the desired outcome for his work.
In 1976 he was awarded an MBE for his services to art in Australia. In 1982 he received an Honorary Life Membership of Society International Artistique for outstanding artistic achievement. This is granted to only one artist per continent and in 1983 he received an Australian Citizen of the Year Award.
Hart’s distinct side and passion for his work is one of the reasons that this incredible painter went on to beheld in collections throughout Australia and world-wide!