Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sadly Missed

I found out today that a well known English Artist and TV personnel has sadly died at the weekend.

The following was taken from the BBC News Website.

"Artist and children's presenter Tony Hart has died, aged 83.
Hart, who lived in Surrey, had suffered from health problems for a number of years, including two strokes. His family said he died peacefully.
The affable presenter inspired children to paint and draw on shows like Vision On, Take Hart and Hartbeat for nearly 50 years before he retired in 2001.
Fellow artist Rolf Harris led tributes, calling Hart "a very gentle and talented guy".
"He enthused and inspired a whole generation of kids into creating their own works of art, simple or complex."

Hart's agent, Roc Renals, said the presenter had died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He said: "I was for many years his best friend, agent, manager and publicist. He suffered two strokes many years ago and his health declined since then."
"Thousands and thousands of young people who are now grown up will thank him for inspiring them to take up art," he added. "

I remember his art shows so well, Saturday mornings and after school during the week were such fun watching the amazing stuff he did with art. As the above article suggests, he made it look so easy that every kid in England wanted to be an artist. He also created the wonderful plasticine creature Morph, who managed to always get himself in to trouble in the little sketches he was in.

I also liked him because back in the 40's he was a pupil at my school. Sure the school I went to was very different from the school he went to, but it is still nice to think he went there as well.

He will be sadly missed.

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