It seems almost uncanny that on a visit to Mooloolabah yesterday
March 28, I happened to come across the gallery and display
mentioned in the article below, having always been an admirer of
his work, I was drawn in almost as if by some force, to admire some
marvelous paintings by Pro, John, and Kym Hart.
At this time I knew nothing of Pro's death, it was just the paintings
drawing me in.
Use this link to sample some of Pro's art. (thank you Maria.)
Pro Harts Last Stand.
By Damian Bathersby ART lovers from around the world will flock to
Mooloolaba in June for the unique chance to buy paintings from the
Sadly, the sale of pieces which Hart has stashed away over the past 50
The 77-year-old whose uniquely Australian paintings hang in galleries
His son David, who owns galleries in Mooloolaba and Noosa, said his dad
Coverage of Pro Hart's death by the Australian Press has been extensive.
The family have gratefully accepted the NSW Goverments offer of a State
funeral service to be held on Tuesday April 4 at Broken Hill, the outback city
in which Pro spent his life.
BARRY Humphries, (of Dame Edna Everage fame) used to tell the tale of the
The artist died in the NSW Outback city yesterday at the age of 77, after being
Owning a Pro Hart has been like owning a Namatjira – a popular choice that colours
While the critics and museums did their best to ignore him, Hart's acrylics of the
His very Australian eccentricities – such as the hand-painted mural on his
"The so-called experts of art have been rather downgrading of him.
The secret of his success was that he was painting not for the elite connoisseur,
As it was announced that Hart would have a state funeral in Broken Hill on Tuesday,
The gallery did not comment on Hart's passing yesterday, and its silence has rankled
The Art Gallery of SA has two Hart works – one bought in the 1960s and the second
Mr Menz said Pro Hart was amazingly prolific, but his works had not been commonly
Art auctioneer James Bruce said there would be more on sale in the wake of Hart's death.
"Like all artists, there are good works and indifferent works," he said. "The
indifferent will start to sell for less and less and the best, which are his figurative
fetch $500-$700 sold for $5500.