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 early 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 has many requests from high-end banks and exclusive clubs to exhibit his work.
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.
2017 – David collaborated 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.
David held a one-man exhibition of his work at his QLD home for his clients. Not only was the show attendance booked out but the exhibition was a huge success.
In October, David purchased 32 acres of land in Mount Cotton, QLD Australia. Being in the Tourism Precinct and 800m down the road from Sirromet Winery, David has big plans to develop his dream of building a Museum of Art and other exciting projects on the property. Watch this space!
2018 – David completed an 11-year project of painting the Arrival Series entitled “Our Secret War”, a 50-piece Australian colonial history exhibition and accompanying history book. 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 but will find its home in David’s Museum of Art at Mount Cotton, Queensland, Australia.
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.
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.
David became the exclusive artist to be hung through the lobby area of the Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise. With over 30 artworks hung as a long-term display this is the largest exhibition of his work to date.
2019 – Flipside Circus approached David about a really interesting 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 creative to put together the story and the performers needed to create the theatrical performance.
We are very excited about the potential of seeing this collaboration between art and physic theatre becoming a live production full of colour, excitement, resilience, suspense and inspiration in 2020.
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 were 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. Every time he was just finishing a commission, another customer ordered a special piece.
A trip throughout Europe took David to the most incredible places. Some of the most memorable experiences was at Rembrandt’s studio and home in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Kelpies in Scotland.
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 didn’t have the Hilton Hotel in it as it was painted many years before it was built.
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 with the economy suffers. As the galleries were all closed, we offered the commission we would usually pay to the galleries as a discount direct to the client, and oh boy, we couldn’t believe how well this would go. Not only did David sell everything he had in stock, he had to get all the artwork sent back from every gallery around Australia so we could continue to offer artworks in the 6 week sale period. He ended up selling 112 paintings in this sale and has continued to have commissions and strong sales of his artworks (at the full price) since this time.
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 hearts, and the painting is called Hart’s Hearts. It is hung 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.