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David HART - ORIGINALS

View David's Video Biography on You Tube:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iorFm6mUdSo&list=UUCQHV9AvxRbI06p5sBM5CPw&index=1
David Hart was born in 1971 as 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. He would study various techniques and mediums under the guidance of his father. The two of them, at times, would paint side-by-side in one of the many art studio’s to be found on the family property. 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 when he was just sixteen years of age that David began the first steps on his journey 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 loose 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. In 2001 David established two of Queensland, Australia’s most famous art galleries in both Mooloolaba and Noosa Heads, and has now also expanded throughout Australia, Singapore, China and America.






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. You can learn from people, and even apply similar techniques to them, but you need to apply them through your own expression and discover ways to push them further to create new ideas.

Throughout his childhood and teens, David spent countless hours watching his father at work and studying various techniques, often just sitting beside him, and talking as any father and son would. Often their time was spent painting side-by-side in Pro’s studio, or sculpting, and even messing around with pottery and clay. 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.

David believes influence must be turned into inspiration for personal discovery, and that experience and exposure must push people to develop their own individual technique and style. The benefits of Pro’s influence and encouragement were greatly impacting 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 art 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
− Frederick Chiluba, 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. These sold out within three months and raised over AUD$50,000 as part of a major fundraising project. One print sold at auction for AUD$2,500.

2001 – David moved his studio gallery from Albany Creek, Brisbane to Mooloolaba on the
Sunshine Coast. In the first year of opening the gallery, David’s popularity saw so many sales that his prices had to increase every eight weeks to keep up with the demand.

2002 – David had a solo exhibition at his gallery in Mooloolaba, and had people lined up to buy his paintings; 80% sold on opening night and more than ten works were commissioned.

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.

2008 – The release of David’s range of products was an exciting step in his journey. The David Hart Homewares Collection has been designed so that clients can appreciate art through functional objects and in an everyday scenario. It consists of placemats, coasters, 100% linen tea towel and recipe journal. All pieces are adorned with the iconic dragonfly image. The David Hart Inspiration range of calendars, daily inspirations, journals, card sets, writing pads, books, travel journals, sketch books and prints showcase a stunning selection of David's much loved work.

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.

2011 – Maxwell & Williams released a range of David Hart mugs which were distributed around the world and sold in many major department stores including Harrods in London, as well as House, Myer, and David Jones. This collaboration between Maxwell & Williams and David Hart will continue to grow as they work together to expand the range.

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 was asked by the Brisbane Lord Mayor to join him on his Trade Delegation Mission visiting Taipei, Kaohsiung, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong to build relationships with senior government officials for future business together. The mission was very successful and opened many opportunities to expand into the Asian market.

David’s Australia Mural was hung in QLD Parliament and officially accepted by Hon. Glen Elmes, Minister for Multicultural Affairs in November 2012. Mr Elmes said,
“I’m pleased to see the painting hanging in Parliament because, apart from being a stunning piece of art, it represents a change away from how the settlement of Australia has been portrayed in the past.”

2013 – David set up an agency in Korea to represent his work. The launch was held at the Australian Embassy and was a huge success with massive media coverage. 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. As a part of this significant event, well-known Baritone singer Jung Kyoung sang and performed an operama about David’s artworks. The feature of the evening was the collaboration between David and world-renowned fashion designer Lie Sang Bong. David painted a painting that was inspired by Mr Lie’s 2013 Paris collection, and Mr Lie designed and made a dress inspired by one of David’s floral works out of the exhibition that David’s wife, Christine, wore to the exclusive event.

2014 – David set up an agency in Singapore to represent his work. The Design Hub was the first to feature David’s work and it was exciting to see that some of his paintings sold at the opening; he has had great interest from the Singaporean population.
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 was asked by Jessica Le Clerc to be painted for Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize, The Archibald. Not only did the artwork become a finalist but was voted as the top 10 and was hung in the Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

David set up an agency in China and subsequently has had many requests from high end banks and exclusive clubs to exhibit his work in 2016 and 2017.

2016 – David's work was selected exclusively by a team of New York producers for the set of a reality TV show being filmed in Miami, USA. It is called Jones Beach and is about a couple who are getting married. David's artwork is hung throughout their home and will be featured in many shots - the stars of the show even talk about how much they love David's work on camera! The show will be released in the US sometime this year.

David was asked by a huge gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA to represent his work and was a featured artist in their winter and summer exhibitions. He was also included in their quarterly magazine and was promoted as “An Artist to Watch”.

David exhibited in art fairs in Hong Kong, New York and The Hamptons, USA.


For more about David, visit his website: www.davidhart.com.au