Rolf Harris's Portrait of the Queen
Australian expat Rolf Harris, now based in the United Kingdom caused a bit of a stir with his portrait of the Queen. The entertainer briefly made the "wobble board" famous and more recently hosted the "Animal Hospital" television program in Britain, but has never been known as any kind of academic artist.. a cartoonist, sure.. but probably not someone that you would expect to get to paint the Queen of England.
I think he did reasonably well, even if the big toothy smile doesn't look quite right. It's no Mona Lisa smile but is probably better than most British critics are saying about it. I would like to see someone like Georg Baselitz paint the queen. Lucian Freud
has also painted her.
Rolf shows off Queen's portrait
"The portrait, commissioned to mark the monarch's 80th birthday next year, is said to be an "impressionistic", rather than a "photographic", representation. "I'm not making any claims that this is the greatest painting in the world," said Harris, who trained as an artist, "I've done the best I can."
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