YOUTH PAINTS PICTURE OF WEST AUS. KNIGHT
PERTH. Champion swimmer Rolf Harris, 17, of
Bassendean, holder of the West Australian open 55 yards freestyle record,who is keenly interested in painting, will enter for this year's Archibald Prize.
His entry is to be a portrait of Western Australia's Lieutenant Governor (Sir James Mitchell).
Sir James gave him four sit- ings at Government House and Harris completed the actual figure of the Lieutenant-Governor in three hours. He painted in the background later at home.
Harris' mother said that in the
Junior Art- School's first exhibi- tion held in August, Rolf submitted a painting of Sir James which he had copied from a photograph in a magazine.
Sir James opened the exhibition and Rolf told him how much he would like to paint him from life so he could enter the painting for the Archibald Prize. Sir James consented and arranged the sit- tings. .
Rolf entered a portrait of him- self for last year's Archibald Prize. His painting was included in the 80 chosen from 300 entries to be hung in the Sydney Art Gallery, said Mrs. Harris.
Rolf hopes to become a teacher
and specialise in art.
ROLF HARRIS sketching at the the City Baths when in Adelaide