New Collection: A World of Wildlife by Rolf Harris

Artworx Gallery are proud to showcase the stunning collection by Rolf Harris, titled ‘A World of Wildlife’. The collection depicts iconic wild animals in their natural environment, and is a true expression of Rolf’s talent for capturing emotion and depth in this paintings.

Although he is often described as an impressionist, Rolf’s compelling wildlife portraits contain a wealth of detail. Each animal is lovingly created with his trademark combination of technical brilliance and warm affection and the viewer is drawn into a face-to-face confrontation by the light in their eyes. These arresting creatures are set against atmospheric backdrops which allow them to live and breathe in their stunning natural habitat.

Backlit Gold By Rolf Harris

Backlit Gold By Rolf Harris

Rolf talks about this new collection, “I hope to convey in these paintings the absolute thrill of seeing these magnificent animals in the wild.”
Backlit Baboons Gibraltar By Rolf Harris

Backlit Baboons Gibraltar By Rolf Harris

Alert For Prey By Rolf Harris

Alert For Prey By Rolf Harris

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Rolf moved to London at the age of twenty-two, financing himself through exhibitions of his work held in Australia. He enrolled at the City & Guilds Art School in London intending to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a portrait painter. After a chance meeting with the Australian impressionist painter ‘Bill’ Hayward Veal, however, he began attending an art course run by Veal and soon became his protégé.

In the mid 1950’s Rolf’s paintings were featured in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy for two years running. While painting continued to be a private passion of his, it was for his television and stage performances that Rolf became a household name. In recent years however he has devoted more time to painting and has had a number of one-man shows, including the ‘Rolf on Art’ exhibition at the National Gallery

Four Giraffes By Rolf Harris

Four Giraffes By Rolf Harris

Leopard Reclining at Dusk By Rolf Harris

Leopard Reclining at Dusk By Rolf Harris

Rolf’s BBC television series ‘Rolf on Art’ achieved the highest television ratings ever for a UK arts programme. Rolf hosted television’s biggest ever arts event with a live BBC special titled ‘Rolf on Art: The Big Event’ in which he joined the public in recreating a large-scale version of Constable’s ‘Haywain’ in Trafalgar Square. The massive event was such a huge success that the BBC staged two further ‘Rolf on Art: The Big Event’ specials in Edinburgh and London.

Rolf has been awarded the CBE, is a member of the Order of Australia and an honorary member of the Royal Society of British Artists, and has won many awards for his work in the entertainment industry. His portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, commissioned by the BBC to celebrate her 80th birthday, was the subject of a BBC1 programme ‘The Queen, by Rolf’ which was screened on New Year’s Day 2006. In 2010 Rolf’s achievements over 65 years in art were celebrated with a touring exhibition and hardback retrospective book entitled ‘A Life in Art’.

His life and work were further celebrated in a major BBC ‘Arena’ documentary entitled ‘Rolf Harris Paints his Dream’. Rolf was named as the UK’s best selling published artist of 2011.

Tiger In The Sun By Rolf Harris

Tiger In The Sun By Rolf Harris

Young Zebra By Rolf Harris

Young Zebra By Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris Book - The World of Wildlife

Rolf Harris Book – The World of Wildlife

For more information about Rolf Harris and his work visit:

Rolf Harris at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01952 820397 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AU

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3 Responses to “New Collection: A World of Wildlife by Rolf Harris”
  1. segmation says:

    These portraits are beautiful and full of colors! I love the elephants in particular.

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