Art Materials Persistence Pays Off For Rolf

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Rolf Harris has defied those that criticise his ability with art materials to become one of Britain's best loved artists.

The entertainer is an inspiration to all people looking to make a career from their use of art materials as Harris has never let criticism hold him back from achieving his dream to become a successful artist.

Amateur artists should note that the route to a lucrative painting career is to produce pictures which have commercial appeal and depict famous landscapes or popular celebrity icons.

Rolf Harris' biggest selling works often feature scenes from Westminster scenes and Venice as well as portraits of Elvis Presley and Aborigines, while animals are also a recurring subjects of his paintings.

Various members of the art establishment told the Independent that they are baffled by Rolf's public popularity because they are unmoved by his portraits, paintings and prints.

Norman Lebrecht, a cultural commentator, told the newspaper that the Australian artist was similar to a fairground painter who has been employed to entertain the masses rather than produce serious work.

"He is an amateur dauber in the manner of Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales, taking his Sunday pleasure with brush in hand, yielding a reasonable likeness of no perceptual depth or creative vision," he told the paper.

Brian Sewell, famed for his scathing critique of many artists, told the publication that Harris' work was too similar and that his most famous work, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, was dreadful and out of shape.

While some critics may not have much time for his work, there are some aspiring artists who are big fans of the way Rolf uses art materials to create paintings and lithographs.

Jody Craddock, the captain of premier league football team Wolverhampton Wanderers, told the Independent that he loves the way that Harris makes painting with art materials look easy.

He told the paper: "He paints what he wants to paint and it appeals to people like myself. I think he has a core style that has remained similar over the years, but he can adapt, which is why he has done so well."

Many people share the footballer's opinion as original Rolf Harris paintings, which were sold during the 1990s, have rocketed in value and now selling for a six figure sums.

Some of Rolf's originals can reach up to £125,000 so it just goes to show that art critics do not always know what they are talking about.


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