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David HART - ORIGINALS

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David Hart was born in 1971, a son of miner and artist, Pro Hart. Raised in the dusty outback-mining town of Broken Hill, Australia, David spent his early years submersed in arts and cultue, studying various techniques and mediums under the guidance of his father.

The two of them, at times, would paint side-by-side in one of the many art studioís to be found on the family property. It was here that David was encouraged by his father to explore his own creative interests through exposure to painting, sculpting, enamelling, casting and welding. In creating his first series of paintings when he was just sixteen years of age, David began the first steps on his journey to becoming a full time visual artist. The years ahead saw him rise from the dust of that outback mining town, to become a recognised Australian artists.

Davidís work is not easily placed within the boundaries of a single style or genre. Heís an avid explorer, and his expression has always been underpinned by his passion to push the boundaries of mediums and new applications. David believes experimentation has always been his greatest teacher, and it is through his discoveries, mistakes, and accidents that his greatest works have been created. The medium, or style, is purely a way in which he can connect his heart and mind to the canvas. Within exploration and creation, there is always a struggle, but he believes there can be no birth without pain; itís this battle between the idea and the medium that makes the final work powerful. Over time, David discovered that creating routines and habits in his work process would cause him to loose the ability to think critically about his own methods and techniques, and could possibly even lead to the death of his art. His challenge then, was to identify his own creative boundaries and overcome them through experimentation; in doing this, David believes he allows the work to remain spontaneous instead of methodical. Allowing things to happen spontaneously or by accident and staying clear of routine are the keys to his creative process.

Davidís ability to make a connection with everyday people through his art has seen his popularity as a visual artist grow from strength to strength. His passion, determination and effort have helped him rise to become one of Australiaís most purchased and collected artists.

There is no doubt that one of David Hartís greatest influences was his father and art mentor, Pro Hart. David says that he has never officially had an art lesson, but more what he would describe as exposure to opportunity, techniques and self-discovery. He believes that art is something that cannot be merely taught, nor something that can simply be learnt; he believes that art is a gift that already exists deep within a personís soul. The only thing that can be taught is technique, and the only thing that can be learnt, is commitment to experimentation and discovery. In Davidís opinion, this is the key to unlocking hidden gifts and potential. Influence should inspire people to explore what might be possible beyond their own boundaries, and should never be a repeat of someone elseís discovery. You can learn from people, and even apply similar techniques to them, but you need to apply them through your own expression and discover ways to push them further to create new ideas.

Throughout his childhood and teens, David spent countless hours watching his father at work and studying various techniques, often just sitting beside him, and talking as any father and son would. Often their time was spent painting side-by-side in Proís studio, or sculpting, and even messing around with pottery and clay. Pro never forced art upon David and he never told David how things should be done. David says the greatest gift his father ever gave him was the opportunity to discover art for himself. Pro provided the environment for exposure to mediums and techniques; discovery was left up to David.

David believes influence must be turned into inspiration for personal discovery, and that experience and exposure must push people to develop their own individual technique and style. The benefits of Proís influence and encouragement were greatly impacting on his art, but he has also benefited from his lifetime of exposure to artists who he was fortunate enough to meet as a young boy in his family home, some of whom have gone on to become Australian art icons. Possibly the second greatest influence on Davidís art career, is the art of Jackson Pollock. Aside from his father, Pollock is the single greatest outside influence on him; he can still recall the first time he saw a Pollock painting.

David recalls one of his first memories of Jackson Pollock: ďI still remember the day I walked into my familyís living room as a small child, and there was my father, in his paint covered shorts and flip flops; he had a super 8 camera on an old tripod and he was filming our black and white TV. There were no VCRs in those days so Dad was filming with his Super eight camera to record a man on the screen who was painting outside his house on an old concrete slab. It was Jackson Pollock. I remember he had a cigarette hanging from his mouth that was dropping ash onto his painting while he worked. He was wearing paint splattered clothes and boots, and was painting a big canvas with large tins of paint. He was dripping paint everywhere using sticks and brushes, and didnít seem to mind walking all over his painting as he worked. Iíll never forget being mesmerized as I stood in the middle of that room and watched him paint for the first time. I was only a young boy, but there was something about how he became part of his painting that greatly impacted me. What he was doing made a connection with me that has stayed until today. Up until that moment, art had just been for fun, but right there, in that living room, I new I wanted to paint like he was painting; I wanted to experience that connection to the canvas just like he did. I still have that old Super 8 video footage, and every now and then I still watch it.Ē

Aside from human influence, David has also had the privilege of being born and raised in the outback-mining town of Broken Hill in central NSW, Australia. Its harshness and beauty have also been a distinctive influence in his life, and growing up in Australian outback has left him with lasting memories of vast landscapes and interesting characters. Although David looks to express new things as he learns more about different places, mediums, and techniques, his influences and roots will remain as the driving force behind who he is and what he does. He will always paint from his soul and will always stay true to his gifting as he creates work that reflects his love of painting and his love for the outback he grew up in.