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One of a few Rolls Royce Painted car of Pro Hart’s at his Broken HIll Gallery
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An Outback Legend
Pro Hart was a painter, a father, a husband. He travelled the world, but stayed in Broken Hill. He painted almost every day of his life but was disliked, even mocked by the “art mafia”. He met and was admired by Princes, Presidents and movie stars, but he was a shy man who preferred the company of his mates. He collected Rolls Royce"s, Rembrandt"s and Picasso"s, but loved Chinese takeaways and a cup of tea.

Pro Hart was born in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia in 1928. His early years were spent on “Larloona” a sheep station, around 130kms from Broken Hill, learning by correspondence school. He was drawing from a young age, illustrating his homework at seven and progressing steadily in his talent.

He continued to paint and draw after moving back to Broken Hill in his early twenties, even as he worked the long underground shifts in a mine. Indeed, the hard work and the characters in the mine provided much inspiration for the narrative category of his painting styles.

In 1960, at the age of 32 he married Raylee June Tonkin, 19, and together they had five children. He continued to paint and took art classes to help formalise his technique. He was discovered by Kim Bonython, a gallery owner from Adelaide, in 1962 and his popularity as an outback artist began to climb.

Collection after collection would sell out and Pro began travelling the world. He met Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers and his art resides in large international collections.

His creative spirit knew no bounds, experimenting with “performance art” years before it became fashionable; dropping paint from hot air balloons, creating ice sculptures and even using a cannon to distribute paint on his chosen medium.

Perhaps his most famous moment came with a series of television carpet commercials. He continued to experiment with art techniques all his life. Mainly working in oils and acrylics, Pro used any tool or method to achieve the desired outcome for his work.

He drew upon techniques of layering, chiaroscuro, glazing, scumbling, scratching and Alla prima. Pro was also a sculptor working with welded steel, bronze and ceramics.

In 1976 he was awarded an MBE for his services to art in Australia. In 1982 he received an Honorary Life Membership of Society International Artistique for outstanding artistic achievement. This is granted to only one artist per continent and in 1983 he received an Australian Citizen of the Year Award.

Outside of painting, Pro collected vintage cars and a variety of motorbikes. He lifted weights to keep fit, was an “A” grade pistol shooter, loved music and inventing different kinds of engines and machines.

On March 28th at 2.45am Pro Hart died at his home in Broken Hill NSW.

Most Paintings are for sale in original form ,paper, canvas, board, stretched or …I can get framed for you and ship anywhere anytime . via Pack and Send Southport Qld

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  • cruserart
    cruserartover 3 years ago

    Great paint job…luv it!!

  • Hi Merle thanks for looking and commenting.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 3 years ago

    Wow! I bet Frank was looking envious!

  • not with the paint!! the others aren’t painted think he’s more into sporty cars I took pics years ago I must compare.The gallery isn’t half as interesting now. LOl was looking for the cat that was there before ,[9 years ago duh hahaha ] found one but not the same one.;-)))

    – Virginia McGowan

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 3 years ago

    this is so cool Ginny! wow!

  • thanks Karin..there’s a couple more too. hard to get a decent photo as there’s a chain looped around the carport..

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Caitlin Dickman
    Caitlin Dickmanover 3 years ago

    Pro Hart’s car!! He is my favourite artist, my idol, and I absolutely loved visiting his gallery and finally seeing his paintings in real life! :D I absolutely love this car, fantastic capture!

  • hi Caitlin many thanks for your looking in! there’s a few more cars it’s not as good a visit now as when I was there last in 2002 when he was alive. they have put a large toilet block in front of the gallery. it blends in but spoils the shape of the big wall. also the art collection he had has been sold . Lots of posters at big prices sort of too commercial…

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Caitlin Dickman
    Caitlin Dickmanover 3 years ago

    Pro Hart’s car!! He is my favourite artist, my idol, and I absolutely loved visiting his gallery and finally seeing his paintings in real life! :D I absolutely love this car, fantastic capture!

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 3 years ago

    cool as.

  • thanks Peter. love to paint a car with ‘things’. hmm just thought we have a few wrecks on our block! [bought for parts] …..

    – Virginia McGowan

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

    Great shot and painting:))

  • thanks Tereza…. do you know of Pro Hart?

    – Virginia McGowan

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

    No, tell me:))

  • I’ll email details

    – Virginia McGowan

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