Midnight Dragonfly

The Dragonfly and Bull Ant series came about as the result of a promise that David made to his father, Pro Hart, to keep his secret techniques and styles alive after he passed away.

David’s father was also an artist who had a fascination with insects. Pro’s portrayal of insects, ants, and dragonflies in particular, extended from the joyous to the macabre both in paintings and sculpture.

Growing up on a sheep shearing property in the outback of central NSW, influenced Pro’s work significantly, especially in regard to his study of local insects. It was Pro’s fascination that also fostered David’s interest in dragonflies and ants as well. As a child, David would spend hours drawing these now iconic images in sketch books, and watching his father paint and draw. Unfortunately, Pro passed away at his home in Broken Hill, NSW, in March 2006 from Motor Neurone Disease. Briefly, before Pro Hart’s passing, David made a promise to his father that he would keep his secret techniques and styles alive after his death; this promise has pushed David to further develop the series into his own unique expression.

David remembers that in his later years not long before his death, his father Pro would quite often set up a video camera in front of his easel and videotape different techniques and styles as he painted. Wanting to teach and mentor David, Pro would talk to him on camera as he explained what he was doing and the purpose behind certain processes and techniques he was using. Pro would then send the tapes to David for safe keeping. The objective behind these instructional videos was not for Pro to recreate himself in David’s work, or for David to copy him, it was purely because Pro saw a unique gift on his son’s life from a very early age. Pro invested his most precious knowledge into David to ensure his lifetime of painting discoveries and techniques would never be lost, but continue on through David’s own expression.

Carrying on some of those secret techniques is a great honor, and David feels that it’s up to him now to keep them alive. More than that, he wants to push through the boundaries of experimentation and growth as he adapts and integrates those secrets into many of his own varying styles.

David’s interpretation of the Dragonfly and Bull Ants series may follow a similar subject and theme, but they are quite different to the images painted by his father Pro Hart. As an extension to his fathers technique, David uses acrylic bases for his background, and then creates a shiny, slippery finish using various oil mediums. After laying down the basic composition, he then continues to build the image using multiple layers of glazing which are applied, rubbed away, and then reapplied, allowing the image to gradually emerge like light from the darkness.

In the final stages of painting, shadowing is added to create the illusion that the insect is floating above the canvas, giving the completed work a wonderful depth of field. The Dragonfly and Bull Ant series will remain among one of the most identifiable and iconic series in David’s diverse body of work.

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Masterworks are fine art reproductions that are returned to David’s easel for hand-embellishing by the artist himself.

David captures the textures, look and emotion of an original artwork with hand embellishment that defines each piece as individual and unique. These printed canvas reproductions are limited to only 45 in a series and are referred to as ‘Masterworks’.

Every Masterwork is created by hand. Please allow 2 -4 weeks for creation and delivery.


Premium Materials

David chooses premium-quality materials to ensure the best possible results

Certificate of Authenticity

Every Masterwork includes a complementary certificate of authenticity


From canvas to frame, every step is hand-crafted and expertly produced

By applying various mediums and techniques, David works to create a sense of texture and movement to give each Masterwork the appearance of an original painting.

Every Masterwork is signed with brush and paint on the front, just like an original, before being hand signed and numbered on the reverse side to indicate its specific number within the edition of 45.

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Impeccable Colour

If there’s one thing David is known for, it’s his use of bold colours and thick, luscious textures that make each of his paintings so vibrant and engaging. David recreates that texture in every Masterwork.

Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is a hallmark that collectors have come to expect from every David Hart creation. From original artwork to fine art reproductions and giftware, you know you can purchase with total confidence.


Hand-embellishing a Masterwork is a time-consuming process that can take hours, or even days, to complete

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61x76cm Measurement Midnight Dragonfly

Artwork Specifications

ARTWORK SIZE 61 x 76cm
FRAMED SIZE 89 x 104cm
MATERIALS Masterwork on canvas and framed in a silver and black designer frame or a black float frame

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Every Hart artwork we sell comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and Valuation at its current retail value. This is what is also known as provenance. That means that when you, or your children, should ever decide to sell your Hart artwork, or update its valuation for insurance purposes, you can instantly prove the artworks purchase history, authenticity and value, adding peace of mind to any future purchaser. 

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The art courier can usually take 1 – 4 weeks for delivery as they work on a rotating Australia-wide schedule of being in particular areas every 2 – 4 weeks.

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