Pro Hart is one of Australia’s most famous artists. He was born on the 30th May 1928 in Broken Hill, NSW and spent much of his youth on the family sheep property “Larloona Station”, near Menindee, NSW. Taught by correspondence, Pro Hart’s interest in painting and sketching became apparent, as he started to illustrate his school essays in preference to writing them. Even at a young age and with no formal art training, the quintessential Pro Hart style began to emerge.
Because of his work in the mines, Pro Hart’s compassion for the ‘ordinary folk’ became evident. His time underground instilled in him a passion for portraying the harsh realities of life in his work. With this interesting background it is no wonder that his art reflects the true character of Australia and Australians.
1n 1962, a gallery director in Adelaide, South Australia discovered him. As a result of his first exhibition, the Pro Hart legend was born. Since then Pro Hart has developed a highly individualized style, depicting scenes of rural Australia. Working in oils and water colours with both brush and pallet knife and using vivid colours true to the harshness of the outback, his paintings have won world acclaim.
Pro’s paintings now hang in the Art Galleries of NSW and SA, the Mertz Collection and the White House Collection in the U.S.A., Buckingham Palace, London, as well as private collections all over the world.