Pro Hart is a household name in Australia, a world renowned artist and one of the most popular contemporary artists of our time.
Kevin “Pro” Hart was born in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia in 1928. He grew up on the family sheep station “Larloona” situated near Broken Hill, and he was educated by correspondence with this brother Bob, and their Mother as tutor.
In his early twenties Pro moved to Broken Hill and worked underground as a miner. In 1960 he married Raylee June Tonkin and they had five children, three boys and two girls.
From age seven, Pro loved to sketch and paint. He began taking his gift seriously in his early twenties when he first used painting as a creative outlet to keep him sane from underground life as a miner. To develop his gift, Pro attended a few local art classes but is mainly self-taught. He was discovered in 1962 by a gallery director in Adelaide. From there his success as an artist began to flourish. Nicknamed Pro – a symbol of his remarkable talent – his first exhibition was a sellout.
Mainly working in oils and acrylics, Pro will use any tool or method to achieve the desired outcome for his work. He draws upon techniques of layering, chiaroscuro, glazing, scumbling, scratching and Alla prima. Pro is also a sculptor working with welded steel, bronze and ceramics. His private complex, including a three-storey gallery in Broken Hill, houses one of the largest private collections in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring both Australian and European Masters.
His work has been exhibited all over the world, in Australia, London, Dusseldorf, Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Israel, Cairo and Manila, in the finest of galleries and venues, with many of his exhibitions being sell-outs. His paintings are represented in collections owned by the likes of Harold Mertz, Lyndon Johnson, Prince Phillip, Qantas Airways, Margaret Carnegie, the Canberra War Memorial, the University of NSW and Adelaide, the Bonython Collection, the Warsaw National Collection of Poland and Cathay Pacific Airways.
Pro Hart is the only artist in the world to mark his original artwork with DNA. All Pro Hart artwork sold through House of Phillips is protected by a unique product protection system (DNA ArtGuard) incorporating DNA codes from Pro Hart. These unique codes have been incorporated into a DNA Artmark that is applied to the artwork in conjunction with digitally imaged details stored in a database. The DNA Artmark is detectable by electronic means as proof of the artwork’s authentication.
Pro has many achievements to add to his successes. 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.
Outside of painting, Pro has many interests. He loves to collect vintage cars including Fords, Chevrolets, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and a variety of motorbikes. He lifts weights to keep fit, is an “A” grade pistol shooter, and loves inventing different kinds of engines and machines. Music forms an important part of his life, he owns a Rodgers Electric Pipe organ, the largest of its kind in Australia, which he loves to play when he finds a spare moment in his full life.
Etching House specialize in Australian Pro Hart original fine art, original limited edition etchings, prints, silk-screens, affordable limited edition reproduction prints.
Etching House has a Lay buy program up to 12 months on 20% deposit.
Pro Heart etchings and prints framed and unframed at Etching House.
Here is a list of some Original Pro Hart limited edition fine art etchings and prints that are available at Etching House; there is the title, medium and image size in cm.
Pro Hart Etchings and Prints at Etching House are –
Red Ants Etching with colour overprint 29 X 39
Grasshopper Etching with colour overprint 40 X 29
Dragonfly Etching with colour overprint 29 X 39
Miners Filling Carbide Lamps Etching 39 X 48
Dragonfly Etching 49 X 38
Yabbie Etching with colour overprint 49 X 58
Yabbie Eater Aquatint 59 X 48
Miners Rest Aquatint 29 X 19
The Winder Driver Aquatint with colour overprint 29 X 19
B.I.C. Man Aquatint 29 X 19
Ant Swarm Etching with colour overprint 31 X 19
Green Yabbie Sugar lift 49 X 58
Card Players Aquatint 49 X 58
Red Ants Etching 10 X 14
Yellow Ants Etching 10 X 19
Sleeping Miner Aquatint 20 X 15
Smoko Aquatint 20 X 15
Black Yabbie Sugar lift 49 X 58
Grasshopper and Reeds Aquatint with colour monotype 39 X 29
Miners Face Aquatint 29 X 20
Ant Trail Etching 10 X 14
Orange Ants Etching 10 X 14
Desert Ants Etching with colour overprint 29 X 39
Bull Ants Etching with colour overprint 19 X 39
Red Yabbie Aquatint 49 X 58
Singers at the Southern Cross Etching and hand painted water colour 20 X 25
The Shearers Etching and hand painted water colour 20 X 25
Yabbie Creek Etching and hand painted water colour 20 X 25
Reclining Nude Etching and hand painted water colour 15 X 20
Bush Picnic Etching and hand painted water colour 15 X 19
Old Larloona Woolshed Etching and hand painted water colour 13 X 18
The Trapper Etching and hand painted water colour 10 X 13
Study for the Trapper Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 12
Monday Morning Miner Etching and hand painted water colour 10 X 11
Wilcannia Etching and hand painted water colour 10 X 17
The Dunny Diggers Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 13
Jerusalem Etching and hand painted water colour 15 X 10
Abandoned Mine Etching and hand painted water colour 10 X 14
Swagmans Camp Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
The Jumbuck Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
Grabbed Him Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
The Squatter Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
Into The Waterhole Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
Drowning Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
Complete selection of Australian Pro Hart fine art limited edition Etching, Prints and Art at Etching House.
The Ghost Etching and hand painted water colour 12 X 14
Australian Pro Hart fine art limited edition etchings, silkscreen and prints at Melbourne annual Etching House art fair May 2011.