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Steve Hart Outside
Steve Hart Outside
oil on canvas
h69 x 75 cms
2011

Series: 'Once,Upon a Canvas Wall'.
Steve Hart, an enigma within the enigmatic Kelly gang, could stand on the back of a cantering horse. When the troopers were marshalling in the main street of Benalla to hunt the gang down, Steve Hart rode through them un-noticed, dressed as a girl…..which he sometimes liked to do.
Never charged with the crime that they were all skilled at - the theft of quality horses; Police corruption contributed to making them into what they were then persecuted and trophy-hunted for. Steve Hart was 18.
No heros, but in a contemporary scenario the Kellies might be re-birthing Porsches. The Kelly's are an indelible presence on the Anglo/Celtic Australian psyche.