Biography of Michael J. Hart
Mike Hart is a fifth generation Californian who was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley where he still resides today.
Mike's interest in wildlife and the West was part of his family's heritage. His Great, Great Grandfather was a buffalo hunter and Texas rancher dating back to 1821 before migrating by wagon train to California in 1851. This family background along with spending his high school summers working as a ranch hand at his Uncle's cattle ranch in Western Montana helped him develop a deeper interest and appreciation in Western art and history. His sculptures, both stone and bronze reflect these deep western roots but he also enjoys historical illustration and is currently working on a series of sculptures which will depict "Building America".
For the past 45 years Mike has been illustrating, painting and sculpting but he is especially proud of a research project on San Gabriel Mission infrastructure. His research spanned over a seventeen year period and his illustrations and mapping took him 3 1/2 years to complete. This extensive research and his historical accuracy led to the opportunity of having his own exhibit at the world renowned Huntington Library in San Marino, Ca. These illustrations and maps have been added to the Huntington's permanent collection as well as the permanent collection of the San Gbriel Mission and the Old Mill in San Marino. Hart's recent maps and drawings have been incorporated into San Marino's Centennial book and his recent drawing of San Gabriel Mission's Chapman's Grist Mill, circa 1824 will be published in the archeological report due out in 2016. He has received Congressional recognition awards as well as City and State awards for his contribution to research, documentation and preserving California's History for generations to come.
Mike Hart is a member of the California Art Club, the National Sculpture Society and is represented by the Redfern Gallery in Laguna Beach, square i Gallery in Claremont, Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, Huntington Library in San Marino and the San Gabriel Mission.
Mike's works are represented in many private and public collections as well as being published in several art, architectural and historical publications throughout the United States. His works are on permanent display a the San Gabriel Mission Museum, Huntington Library in San Marino and the Old Mill (El Molino Viejo)
Most Recent Exhibitions & Awards:
2012 - Invitational - Wildlife Art show (Living Wild)
2012 - Huntington Library - One man show - San Gabriel Mission History Exhibit & Sale
2013 - Invitational - 37th Annual Western Fine Art Exhibition & Sale
2014 - Invitational - 38th Annual Western Fine Art Exhibition & Sale - Bronze Medal Winner & People's Choice Award
2014 - Claremont - One man show at Square i Gallery
2015 - Invitational - 39th Annual Fine Art Show - California Images & History - Winner of the People's Choice Award
2016 - Invitational - 40th Annual FIne Art Show - California Images & History
2016 - Invitational - Small Works Art Show
2016 - Invitational - Mountain Oyster Club Art Show - Tucson, Arizona
2017 - Invitational - California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
2017 - Invitational - 41st Annual Fine Art Show - California Images & History