David and Christine Hart have recently returned from the very successful Lord Mayor Delegation Mission where they visited five different cities: Taipei & Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Kobe (Japan), Daejeon (Korea), and Hong Kong. The Lord Mayor worked hard to create business opportunities for Brisbane and the sister cities.
The trick, says David Hart is tofind an artist in early to mid-career, buy a big piece synonymous with them and keep it for 10 to 15 years. He followed his own advice and bought his father’s paintings, his father being Pro, a man who knew his way around an easel.”Dad would have given me anything I wanbted but I always paid for everything. I’d say to Dad, I’m interested in this. I don’t want any special deals. Whatever you’d sell that to a dealer for, I’ll pay you the same’.
LITTLE Harry Hart, grandson of Aussie art great Pro Hart, lived every boy’s dream when he got to make a mess with stacks of food.
Harry Hart (above and below) follows in the footsteps of his dad, David, and his famous grandfather, Pro Hart.
SQUIRTING sauce, swimming in spaghetti and jumping on jelly.
Twenty years ago well known Artist & Australian Icon Pro Hart used his unique artistic flair to cover Stainmaster carpet with spaghetti & cake to form the famous “Dragonfly” that Pro Hart was best known for. This carpet commercial was rated in the top 25 best commercials of all time & will be remembered for generations to come.
She’s only 14, but Chloe Hart’s tender age hasn’t stopped her from hosting her first art exhibition – or dettered people from lining upto commission her paintings. Her success, however, comes has no surprise to her family. After all, she is the third generation of Harts to make a splash in the art world. And David, her proud painter father, says the family patriarch, Pro would be beaming had he lived to see her success.
Chloe Hart has a gift, though at first glance she looks like any other 14-year-old girl.
With a mop of blond hair wrapped in a crude bun on top of her head, school tie undone and paint stuck to her hands, Chloe, who is shy by nature, gingerly introduces herself.
Attention makes her blush, but it is something she will have to get used to.
Chloe is a Hart – the grand-daughter of iconic Australian artist Pro Hart and daughter of his son, David, also a renowned artist and gallery owner. Now, Chloe is making her own mark.
“I’ve always painted and made things. It’s just what I do,” said Chloe, who lives with her father and mother, Christine, on their serene Tanawha property.
“The first thing I remember making that I was really proud of was a painting of flowers I did for my Year 3 teacher. It was a present for her.”
The way Chloe’s art career is going, that lucky teacher now owns a highly-prized piece of investment art.
Chloe, a Year 9 student at Sunshine Coast Christian College, sold her first painting at the age of 11 in her parents’ Noosa Hart Gallery.
Every year since she has produced three to four works, all of which have been snapped up by savvy investors. There is a waiting list for her work at present.
At the end of this month Chloe will take part in her first exhibition, which will showcase the work of three generations of Harts – Pro, David and Chloe – called Generation Next.
“My friends at school think it’s pretty cool my paintings are going to be exhibited, but it’s no big deal,” Chloe said.
“None of my friends and teachers really know about my family and their art, and it’s not something I talk about much. I don’t think my art teacher even knows.”
Chloe has travelled around the world and seen the work of many masters.
She said Egyptian hieroglyphics fascinate her, as do the intricate painting in ancient synagogues.
When asked who her favourite artist was though, her answer was simple: “My dad”.
David, who grew up surrounded by one of Australia’s foremost private art collections, said there was no pressure for Chloe to follow the family legacy and become an artist.
He knows being a Hart comes with expectation.
“I didn’t really start painting properly until I was 16, and it was then I realised I did want to be an artist,” David said.
“There is no way I’d ever push Chloe to become an artist. I think the most important thing is to create opportunities for her to discover art for herself.
“If, however, Chloe decides she wants to be an artist she will have a unique platform, which is the Hart name, she can work from.”
Chloe is not certain of the path she will follow, but it is clear she wants to pave the way developing her own distinct style.
Her work is different to the Harts who have come before her, abstract and full of colour. David calls them “action paintings”.
In the past Chloe has been commissioned to paint several iconic Hart dragonflies, but said “they’re not my thing”.
“I know that painting will always be a part of my life and I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have art,” Chloe said.
“My poppy (Pro) and dad have taught me a lot and I know I’m lucky. I just love making pretty things.”
The combination of creative talent and commerce skills can be a contrasting association, prominent artist David Hart has discovered a faultless balance between artistic passion and a functional understanding for business. A resident in the area for the past eight years, David Hart has chosen the Sunshine Coast precincts of Noosa and Mooloolaba as a base for the prestigious David Hart Galleries that exhibit, amongst other artists, his widely acclaimed and collected work.