View Full Version : Tony Hart - Artist and TV Presenter passes

01 January 2009, 12:04 PM
May not mean much to those outside the UK but this fella meant a lot to all the young artists I knew whilst growing up.

Thanks Tony, you made it OK to be into Art at school (and you invented Morph, wonderful!).

01 January 2009, 12:15 PM
Wow, its sad that he is gone. He pretty much made a trend in doing art on TV in the UK at least.

Very talented man.

He will be missed.

01 January 2009, 12:40 PM
RIP Tony! will be missed, always watched him as a kid.

01 January 2009, 12:57 PM
Oh no! That's awful news... :sad:

I worshipped Tony Hart as a child.

I wrote him a letter a few years ago to tell him that without Hartbeat, it's factsheets and his books I know I wouldn't be in the profession I am today. I received a reply saying that he had been taken ill. His friend said that he'd print off some of my artwork & take it along with my letter to the hospital to cheer Tony up. I felt 8 years old all over again.

Farewell & thank you Tony.

01 January 2009, 01:01 PM
remember watching him as a kid,
he gave Aardman one of his first breaks on TV

also i think one of co presenters use sign language on tv which was a real rarity at the time

also see this link for wiki for his program vision on

very inovative

01 January 2009, 01:13 PM
That is very sad news :sad: the man was a genius and a legend.

I remember the show well, very inspiring for the time.

01 January 2009, 01:26 PM
HE taught generations of kids to explore their own imaginations. It's like losing your cool uncle.

01 January 2009, 02:21 PM
we'll miss him, he made 'ART' , fun, accessable, something anyone can do wih anything at hand f rom a pencil crayon or football pitch line marker machine, entertaining and not eletist at all.

simply put, he made art for everyone.

01 January 2009, 02:33 PM
great shame that,what with oliver postgate dying recently feels like a small part of my childhood has gone forever

01 January 2009, 03:41 PM
Truly awful news. The man was a legend and a big factor in my childhood love of art. Very sad day indeed.

01 January 2009, 05:06 PM
Yeah, I grew up with him on tv here in Ireland too. Legend of a man, and a true innovator. He'll be sorely missed.

01 January 2009, 06:49 PM
Its very sad news, we used to enjoy watchung him after school.Little things you learned from him that you could use in your art. And the day we got a letter from the Bbc notifying us that our art was going to be on the show was like winning the lottery.
He will be missed.

01 January 2009, 07:45 PM
I remember coming home from school and it would be on CBBC...

Thanks for being a part of our childhood Mr Hart. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

01 January 2009, 08:01 PM
Loved the show,

" and now its time for the gallery"
That song.
and morph ....of course.



01 January 2009, 08:43 PM
Aw crap :(

01 January 2009, 10:00 PM
The man was an inspiration and a gentleman - will be missed greatly. I wish they'd repeat Vision On, Take Hart etc for the kids today.

Adam :(

01 January 2009, 11:44 PM
Wow, this is a big shame. He was a big part of my after-school TV watching. :sad:

01 January 2009, 11:45 PM
Without Tony Hart many of us (Myself included), would never have stepped into the world of art. His talent to inspire the very young by turning what is a very complex subject into an easy to understand 'thing' for kids was a unique talent. Without programs such as Vision On Take Hart etc I wouldn't be here in the world of art.

Tony Hart RIP - 'often imitated, but never equalled'


01 January 2009, 12:02 AM
Ahh man that tune at the start of his show, I will always remember it coming on telly. Couldn't wait for him to make one of his big paintings using any means necessary. Really inspired a lot of people! He will be missed. Huff I'm getting old :(

01 January 2009, 12:22 AM
man thats sad.

01 January 2009, 12:22 AM
image: ms morbo

A sad day indeed, he really did pave the way for a new generation of artists. As a kid enjoyed his adventurous and creative approach as much as the interaction with morph and the accicent prone Mr Bennet...

Just found a nice (fairly recent) little interview with him <<here>> (

01 January 2009, 12:27 AM
That's realy sad news, he inspired so many of us.

01 January 2009, 06:30 AM
I liked to watch that show in holland too, rest in peace, tony.

01 January 2009, 09:16 PM
Sad news indeed.

For Christmas, I got this.....

My two boys ( and me ) were spell bound as we made our own little Morph and then watched the 15 Morph episodes that came on a DVD. Our attempts to make our own little animations with a webcam are best unviewed.

See ya Tony. <salutes>

01 January 2009, 07:25 AM
His craft was seen way down here in South Africa too! I watched morph as a youngster sitting at the feet of my grandparents in Springs, south of Johannesburg. I really loved that program and it brings back a lot of memories thinking about it. A worthy legacy indeed. Thanks Tony!

01 January 2009, 10:46 AM
He was an inspiration for me too, I would always try out his techniques the next day at school. I always think of him when I hear Cavatina (the Deer Hunter song). Very sad.

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