Hart's Art

A.C. painter Tyrone L. Hart gives back

By Raymond Tyler
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Before the creation of videotapes and the Internet, I would often watch and study the closing credits of the TV show Good Times. Or, rather, I would look behind the words and study the artwork of Ernie Barnes. I found Barnes' style chilling in its exaggerated realism. His paintings seemed to capture the visual distortions and excitement of reality in everyday activities. For example, each of his street-ball paintings are American classics.

Today, our children have more than just TV to experience art. And some Atlantic City area children, through the magic of volunteer and artist Tyrone L. Hart, are spending time up-close and personal with a talented and successful painter. Hart, an Atlantic City native, instructs youth in art Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Pleasantville Recreation Center.

During the classes, Hart talks about the creation process and even lets the children experience some of his work.

"When I ask kids what they see on the canvas, they pick up things and notice activities going on that I don't catch and I'm the artist!" says Hart. "That's what's great about this -- that when it's done right, people bring their experience and culture to my art. Every set of eyes sees something different and hopefully something special."

Hart's "Welcome to the Hood"

A self-taught artist, Hart hopes his young prodigies won't defer their dreams for 20 years as he did pursuing "more practical work." Hart credits a car accident, which left him with a disability, to "waking" him up to his talent.

You can see more of Hart's work at his Web site You can also purchase prints at the Atlantic City Art Center on the Boardwalk at the Garden Pier.

Bob's Back!

Be sure to pick up the latest two issues of DC Comics' Justice League Unlimited! Issues 33 and 34 are both inked by Galloway's own Bob Petrecca. In issue 33, he teams up The Star Spangled Kid and The Crimson Avenger to tell a tale of tolerance. On sale this week is JLU 34 where Petrecca's inks will fill in the lines of a Superman story.

You can pick up Justice League Unlimited issues 33 and 34, and perhaps even meet Petrecca in person, at next weekend's Wizard World comic book convention at the Philadelphia Convention Center (June 15, 16 and 17). I'll be there as well as a host of other sci-fi and comic fans/collectors from the Shore area. The annual Wizard World Philly event is the biggest summer comic convention on the East Coast. I suggest any fan of comics and cartoons check out this huge event, where you can meet many of the writers and artists who give the superheroes their stories.

Be sure to listen to the "Alternative Soul" show on ACE 102.7 FM this Saturday night from 6-8pm when I will have a few free passes to give away.

Raymond Tyler hosts the radio show "Alternative Soul" on The Ace 102.7 FM, Saturday nights from 6 to 8pm.

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