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Pro Hart, Broken Hill, NSW
, 2004

by John Elliott

type C photograph (sheet: 50.6 cm x 60.7 cm, image: 33.0 cm x 50.0 cm)

Pro Hart (b. 1928) was born in Broken Hill, NSW, and grew up on his family's sheep station "Larloona." He worked as a miner in his early twenties before turning to painting full time at the age of thirty. In 1962 an Adelaide gallery director discovered Pro's work and mounted the artist's first solo exhibition. Known mainly for his paintings in oils and acrylics, Pro Hart also makes sculptures in welded steel, bronze and ceramics. Since his first London solo exhibition in 1972 his work has been exhibited all round the world, from Los Angeles and New York to Cairo and Manila. In 1976 he received an MBE for his services to art in Australia.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2005
Accession number: 2005.31