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:
1989 – David has his first gallery representation at Ant Hill Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW. This marked the beginning of David’s first art sales and the beginning of his career as a visual artist.
1991 – David marries Christine Hunt and soon begins painting from his kitchen table in their first home. David’s first studio consisted of a 400 x 1200mm piece plywood board to paint on, a box of gouache paints, some brushes, a plastic pallet, a glass jar, and an old lamp. David painted at his kitchen table for around 3 – 4 years.
1992 – David and his wife Christine Hart open their first commercial art gallery called Hart Family Collection Gallery.
1992 – David starts having mobile exhibitions in regional cities and towns around NSW, Vic and SA.
1993 – David represented in various small art galleries around NSW and Vic.
1994 – David, his wife Christine, and his two children move to Brisbane QLD.
1995 – David is first represented in QLD by Montville Gallery.
1996 – David builds his first home, art gallery and studio, in Albany Creek, Brisbane.
1996 – David is represented by Pages Fine Art Gallery, Noosa, QLD.
1996 – David begins holding annual exhibitions with Sheraton and Hilton hotels in Brisbane.
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 – David has his first solo exhibition in Queensland at Pages Fine Art Gallery in Noosa. This exhibition was also filmed by ABC TV and featured on “The Australian Story”.
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 be increased every couple of months to help slow down the demand on his work.
2002 – David had a solo exhibition at his gallery in Mooloolaba, and had people lined up to buy his paintings; 80% of the exhibition sold on opening night and more than ten works were also commissioned that night.
2003 – David opened a second David Hart Galleries location in Hastings Street, Noosa.
2004 – 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 his work.
2006 – David exhibited the Christ series at his Mooloolaba and Noosa galleries.
2006 – 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 began painting a significant and important body of work based on the arrival of the first fleet, and the following 80 years of impact on Aboriginal Australians. The series would take over 14 years to complete and is known as Our Secret War.
2008 – The release of David’s range of products was an exciting step in his artistic journey. The David Hart Homewares Collection has been designed so that clients can appreciate art through functional objects and in everyday scenarios. The icon range consisted of placemats, coasters, 100% linen tea towels and a recipe journal which all featured David’s iconic dragonfly imagery. The David Hart Inspiration range of calendars, daily inspirations, journals, card sets, writing pads, books, travel journals, sketch books and prints showcased a stunning selection of David’s various styles and imagery.
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 continued to grow over several years as they worked closely together to expand the range into place mats, another two cup and mug ranges, and a range of platters.
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.
2012 – 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 helping David to lay down the first layers of paint using sports equipment. The artwork was then completed in David’s studio in QLD. At 6 meters long and nearly 3 meters high, the artwork was far too large to fit in the Australian Olympic Committee headquarters building. At a cost of over $10,000 in materials to create, the artwork was kindly donated back to the artist by Telstra; it was transported back to QLD and now hangs in David’s private studio.
2012 – 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.
2012 – 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 from the exhibition. David’s wife, Christine, wore the designer dress at the opening of this exclusive event.
2014 – David set up an agency in Singapore to represent his work. The Design Hub was the first agency to feature David’s work with many of his paintings selling at the opening launch.
2014 –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 closed his Noosa Gallery and sold his Mooloolaba Gallery after 17 years of operating on the Sunshine coast, before moving briefly to the USA with his family.
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 was hung throughout their home and was featured in much of the show – the stars of the show even talk about how much they love David’s work on camera! The show was released in the US later that same year.
2016 –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”.
2016 –David exhibited in art fairs in Hong Kong, New York and The Hamptons, USA.
2016 –David was asked by artist Jessica Le Clerc to be painted for Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize, The Archibald prize. The artwork became a top ten finalist and was hung in the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney before it went on tour to regional galleries around Australia.
2017 – David collaborated in a special promotion with The Lincoln Motor Company in Guangzhou, China. As a very special treat, Lincoln gave every purchaser of a motor vehicle an original David Hart painting. He also exhibited in private exhibitions at exclusive clubs throughout China.
2017 –David held a one-man exhibition of his work at his QLD home for his clients. Not only was the show attendance totally booked out, but the exhibition was also a huge success.
2018 –David was one of 6 artists selected around the world to represent their continent in an art book for children called Art of the Continents. The other artists include world renowned artists Henri Matisse from Europe, Romero Britto from Latin America, Katsushika Hokusai from Japan, Alexander S. Calder from North America and Betty LaDuke from Africa.
2018 –David was the solo artist at an exhibition held at Versace, Surfers Paradise where half of the exhibition sold within the first hour of the launch.
2018 –David’s artworks went on permanent display throughout the lobby area of the Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise. With over 30 artworks on display at any one time, it is one of the largest permanent exhibitions of his work to date.
2019 – David completed the final artworks for the ‘Our Secret War’ series, the 50-piece curated historical exhibition also has an accompanying fully illustrated book. Our Secret War is based on the invasion of Australia by the British first fleet in 1788, and the following impact that invasion had on the land, its resources, and the displacement and maltreatment of Australia’s Aboriginal people. The exhibition has a strong focus on indigenous heroes and their formidable resilience and resistance against the British invasion of Australia. This confronting exhibition has attracted strong interest from galleries and museums around Australia and throughout Asia.
2019 –David set up an agency in China and has had many requests from exclusive organisations to exhibit his work.
2019 – Flipside Circus approached David about a collaboration involving performance art through physical theatre. Although still in its early stages on conceptualisation, the show will focus on David’s life and art, and in particular the story of Bogart – from his 8 Black Dog Series. Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) are very interested in the concept and have made a grant available for a team of creatives to put together the storyline and the performers needed to create the theatrical performance.
2019 – David had a solo exhibition at the Marriot Hotel in Surfers Paradise to raise funds for an organisation called Transformations. 10’s of $1,000’s was raised to help men and women with drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
2019 – Was the first year ever that David had constant commissions throughout the entire year.
2019 –The owner of the Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise commissioned David to paint the famous Orchid Avenue, with of course the inclusion of his hotel in the skyline. This painting was to be hung alongside a Pro Hart painting of the same scene that was painted some thirty years prior and didn’t have the Hilton Hotel in it.
2020 – What a year this was! When Covid-19 first hit Australian soil and we all started to go into lockdown, all the art galleries had to close, and one of our concerns was that art would stop selling altogether as usually luxury and investment items are the first things to stop when the economy suffers. As the galleries were all closed, we offered a special offering directly to our clients. Not only did David sell everything he had in stock, in a short 6-week sale period, he ended up selling 112 paintings as well as continued commissions for his artworks. The first twelve weeks of 2020 saw David sell the equivalent in sales to what he would normally sell in a one-year period.
2020 –The owner of the Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise commissioned David to paint a huge 2 x 2.5m painting in the style of Bogart – 8 Black Dogs, but instead of dogs hidden throughout the painting, he requested 12 red hearts; the painting was named Hart’s Hearts and now hangs in the lobby of the hotel at the entrance of an extraordinary “Real Human Anatomy Exhibition”. It’s the only exhibition of its kind in Australia.
2021 – David purchased a 2.5-acre property at Sheldon, Brisbane, QLD and began construction on his new private art studio, living gallery, and guest house accommodation. The property was opened to clients in December of 2021 with an exhibition of new work that sold out in two days.
2022 – David completed a full rebranding and a rebuild of his website.
2022 – David launched a new range to his Art with Hart brand in the form of paint and sip art experiences, team building experiences, and art and accommodation experiences; please see the website for further information on these exclusive offerings.
2022 – David opened his latest David Hart Gallery at the Hilton Hotel Surfers Paradise.