It’s been a week of iconic gentlemen passing away. Tony Hart has died aged 83. Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalbán, The Prisoner and Khan respectively, also left us earlier this week.
I can identify Tony Hart as the single biggest influence on my becoming an artist. Family members were simply not allowed to talk when Hart Beat was on, and I would studiously take in every carefully explained technique. I never met him, but a former colleague did and she said he would paint a canvas without a spot appearing on his immaculate clothes. Morph was also instrumental in my fascination with stop motion animation.
Rest in peace Tony and thank you.
2 thoughts on “Tony Hart RIP”
He was an influence for an entire generation of artists and designers Darragh. The show was an institution.
It seems to be a real pity that Tony Hart wasn’t shown on RTE – I never watched Morph or anything as a child, so I’m only seeing it on the ‘best 100 children’s TV shows’ shows that are on occasionally. It’s quite a thing to be able to say “this person influenced my art”. RIP indeed.