Michael Bennallack Hart’s love and understanding of landscape began during his childhood in the Weald of Kent and has evolved during his travels in the British Isles, Ireland, Europe and the United States.
His work follows in the tradition of landscape painting of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when artists responded to growing urbanisation with a deepening appreciation of the countryside.
After art college, he began his career designing and illustrating ﬁlm posters and record sleeves, and painting landscapes and sports scenes. In the 1970s and 80s he worked as an advertising art director and illustrator, winning many awards, while continuing to paint and exhibiting at the Spectrum Gallery in New York.
Since then, he has had many solo and mixed shows in London, elsewhere in the UK, Dublin, Paris, and San Francisco, and his work is held in private, public and corporate collections around the world.
Novelist Alan Robert Clark has written about Michael Bennallack Hart’s “fascination with those misty magical hours when the world rises out of the darkness then slowly sinks back into it again. Rarely is he tempted by the shadowless high noon. But these are never bleak or lonely places; in the delirium of the digital world, their timeless serenity can help reconnect us to the essence of who we are.”
“Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.”
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, 1852