We have just heard that a brand new Rolf Harris portfolio of works, simply called ‘The Collection 2012’ will be released in the next few weeks and the trade (picture galleries who sell to the public) will be viewing these new pieces for the first time on Tuesday 7th February 2012.
an untitled image from the new collection
Limited Edition by Rolf Harris
I have heard there will be 13 limited edition print images & these which will appear as on paper & on canvas editions & some of these will also appear as ‘deluxe’ canvas, which are larger that the regular canvas.
We have heard there will be: a tiger image, an image of Uluru, aka ‘Ayers Rock,’ a beach scene & a London scene, likely Big Ben or Parliament, amongst others.
Rolf’s collection is eagerly anticipated every year and the excitement is building once again.
Gallery owners will get a chance to meet and speak with Rolf Harris on the 7th February and to hear about his latest inspirations. The buying public will be able to purchase/pre-order early to mid February.
The release of the first ever collection of Rolf Harris Prints, well, the first Rolf Harris Limited Edition prints, was eagerly anticipated by his many many thousands of fans, even though Rolf Harris at the time wasn’t particularly well known as a serious artist. Generations of people in the UK had grown up watching him paint his huge Australian paintings on TV with house paint and a big brush and bucket, but these were seen more as visual trickery and entertainment than as art…the famous line of course being ‘can you tell what it is yet?’…
… He was famous, and universally loved, but as an entertainer above all, his vast and many-faceted career having included the release of thirty or so albums, an appearance at Glastonbury, and a pretty constant TV presence since his arrival in the UK from Australia in the 60s.
What his public weren’t really aware of was the fact that Rolf was always an artist. As a child his one ambition was to paint pictures. In fact he initially came to England, not to pursue a glittering media career, but to learn to paint.
He attended Kennington Art Schools for a time, but it was only a chance meeting with fellow Australian and impressionist painter Hayward Veal that gave him real impetus. Rolf studied with Hayward for a time, and has painted in an impressionist style ever since.
Rolf Harris has never stopped painting in all of the intervening years, and his practised ease and expertise is clear to see in his work. As that first collection of Rolf Harris Prints showed, he is a man in full control of his artistic powers.
Those first prints sold very quickly to Rolf’s fans, and as he returned his focus to painting, presenting a TV program Rolf on Art, his popularity and the public’s awareness of him as a painter grew. Rolf Harrisoriginalpaintings have sky rocketed in value over the past few years and are now in high demand, this feed the market for Rolf Harris Limited Edition Prints which are now highly collectible, and vastly popular, the best thing about them being the revelation that Rolf really can paint!
How apt that it should have such a title as this: ‘A Life In Art’ no artist has done more to capture the great British Public’s attention over the years with art than him.
From the 60s right throughout the 2000s and beyond, he has been a stalwart of British TV, from Rolf’s Cartoon club to the much loved Animal Hospital!
(’Self Portrait - A Life In Art’ limited edition paper and canvas print)
Rolf’s desire to paint is clearly as strong as ever and on a personal note, I believe the images that are being published as limited editions are getting stronger and stronger as the years pass.
His love of Elvis Presley also reappears in this new collection, & ‘Elvis Entertains’ shows the king at work during his 1968 comeback. No doubt Rolf wanted to get up there and do his ‘jeg the peg’ (jake the peg) routine lol!
Anyhow here is all the image information for all you art lovers:
Trust - Paper Giclee 11 x 16 inches 195 -£495.00 Framed
Trust - Canvas Giclee On Board 14 x 21 inches 195 -£595.00 Framed
Trucks At The Old Barn - Paper Lithograph 14.5 x 8.5 inches 195 -£395.00 Framed
The Sun Has Set On Venice - Paper Giclee 24 x 16 inches 195 -£750.00 Framed
The Sun Has Set On Venice - Canvas Giclee On Board 30 x 20 inches 195 -£875.00 Framed
Snow On Marshy Ground - Paper Giclee 30 x 15 inches 195 -£775.00 Framed
Snow On Marshy Ground - Canvas Giclee On Board 40 x 20 inches 195 -£925.00 Framed
Sketch Club CONTEMPLATION - Paper Lithograph 9 x 12 inches 195 –£295.00 Framed
Sketch Club CONCENTRATION - Paper Lithograph 9 x 12 inches 195 -£295.00 Framed
Self Portrait, A Life In Art - Paper Giclee 11 x 14 inches 195 -£495.00 Framed
Self Portrait, A Life In Art - Canvas Giclee On Board 17 x 22 inches 195 -£595.00 Framed
Road To Paradise Valley - Canvas Giclee On Board 49 x 19 inches 195 -£1,225.00 Framed
Mist On The Thames - Paper Giclee 32 x 12 inches 195 -£750.00 Framed
Mist On The Thames - Canvas Giclee On Board 41 x 15 inches 195 -£875.00 Framed
Mending The Nets - Paper Giclee 18 x 14 inches 195 -£625.00 Framed
Mending The Nets - Canvas Giclee On Board 24 x 18 inches 195 -£750.00 Framed
Intuition - Deluxe Sculpture TBC 95 -£2,500.00 Bronze
Intuition - Sculpture 12 x 10 inches 595 -£995.00 Bronze
A Life In Art Book (2 LE Prints & Original Sketch) Book 260 page full colour TBC -£495.00 Book
A Life In Art Book (& 2 LE Prints) Book 260 page full colour 1950 -£295.00 Book
A Life In Art Book - Standard Book 260 page full colour Open -£55.00 Book
Marina, Storm Clouds - Paper Giclee 20 x 14 inches 195 -£650.00 Framed
Marina, Storm Clouds - Canvas Giclee On Board 25 x 18 inches 195 -£750.00 Framed
Fishermen By Moonlight - Paper Giclee 15 x 21 inches 195 -£595.00 Framed
Fishermen By Moonlight - Canvas Giclee On Board 17 x 24 inches 195 -£695.00 Framed
Fire Escape - Paper Giclee 22 x 18 inches 195 -£750.00 Framed
Fire Escape - Canvas Giclee On Board 27 x 22 inches 195 -£875.00 Framed
Elvis Entertains - Paper Giclee 24 x 17 195 -£750.00 Framed
Elvis Entertains - Canvas Giclee On Board 30 x 22 195 -£875.00 Framed
Dry Country - Canvas Giclee On Board 44 x 27 inches 195 -£1,295.00 Framed
Bush Sunset - Canvas Giclee On Board 40 x 28 inches 195 -£1,225.00 Framed
A Much Loved Reminder Of Australia - Paper Lithograph 29 x 20 inches 195 -£795.00 Framed
& for all your people who cant wait any longer to see Rolf, we give you a link to his ‘jeg the peg’ (jake the peg)…2006 Comeback
Legendary Australian painter Rolf Harris could recently be heard on London’s airwaves as he popped in to talk to another legend, London’s own sharped tongued DJ Steve Allen
For some who is by now collecting his pension, Steve Allen, I mean Rolf Harris certainly is looking very spritely and is appearing all over the place, from gallery events to media appearances
Wobble board always in tow!
LBC’s page on the meeting