The subject matter of Stephen Hart’s sculptures is often concerned with the human condition and our relation to the urban and built environment.
Stephen Hart’s work is inventive, whimsical and detailed. His sculptural style is almost an anomaly in contemporary art practice. The artist’s process of hand-woodcarving revives the aura of the traditional craftsperson labouring away in the studio. It is the intricate rendering of Australian timbers that makes Hart’s work so unique.
Stephen Hart has lectured for COFA (Sydney), Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) and Queensland College of Art (Brisbane). Hart was twice the finalist for the WYNNE Art Prize (2008 and 2001); the Winner of the Gold Coast Jupiters Art Prize (2001) and was the finalist for the Woollahra Sculpture Prize in Sydney (2002). He has also completed several public art commissions for the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba City Councils. Harts work resides in many Institutional collections including: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Quintrex Australia and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney.
Text : Jan Manton (2013)