This painting won the People's Choice in 2008 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2008.
oil on canvas
101.4 x 137.4 cm stretcher; 105.5 x 141.0 x 4.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the artist and Sally Ledger 2008
© Vincent Fantauzzo
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman 2008:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 Mar 2008–18 May 2008
- Goulburn Regional Art Gallery 12 Jul 2008–16 Aug 2008
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 29 Aug 2008–12 Oct 2008
- Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul 31 Oct 2008–07 Dec 2008
- Port Macquarie Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie 15 Dec 2008–18 Jan 2009
- Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Lismore 23 Jan 2009–28 Feb 2009
(Opening of the Heath Ledger Theatre), State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 20 Jan 2011–30 Jan 2011
Vincent Fantauzzo, Western Australian Museum, Perth, 01 Feb 2011–31 May 2011
Referenced in 26 publications
Robert Burton-Bradley, Central, 'Record year for prize', pg. 17, Sydney, 21 May 2008, 17.
Doug Conway., Age, 'You'll appreciate Archibald when you're older, darlings', Melbourne, 08 Mar 2008.
Gabriella Coslovich., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Portrait of the actor as a troubled young man', Sydney, 25 Jan 2008, unknown.
Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 'Three faces of Heath in frame', pg. 14, Sydney, 21 Feb 2008, 14 (illus., detail).
Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 'Ledger now a man of the people', pg. 15, Sydney, 09 May 2008, 15 (colour illus., detail).
Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 'Ledger painting donated to the Art Gallery of NSW: Portrait of an artist', pg. 15, Sydney, 09 May 2008, 15.
Maxine Frith, Sun-Herald, 'Portrait of Ledger the real winner', pg. 19, Sydney, 09 Mar 2008, 19 (colour illus.).
Helen Grant, Australian artist, 'Archibald Prize: What melted the judge's heart this year?', pg. 8-9, Chatswood, Apr 2008, 8 (colour illus..
Bonnie Malkin., The daily telegraph (London), 'Heath Ledger portrait portrays a haunted man', England, 29 Feb 2008, unknown.
D.D. McNicoll, The Australian, 'Beyond the Ledger', pg. 11, Sydney, 04 Apr 2008, 11.
Steve Meacham., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Williams in Perth for Ledger funeral', Sydney, 07 Feb 2008, (colour illus.).
Steve Meacham, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Amid the grief, a portrait for the family', pg. 5, Sydney, 07 Feb 2008, 5 (illus.).
Nadia Mendoza., The Sun (London), 'Heath Ledger is picture perfect', London, 29 Feb 2008, unknown (colour illus.).
Cardinal George Pell, Sunday telegraph, 'Depicting love at its strongest', pg. 86, Sydney, 06 Apr 2008, 86.
David Penberthy (Editor), Daily Telegraph, 'Heath Ledger's final portrait before death', Sydney, 25 Jan 2008, unknown.
Reko Rennie., Age, 'Artist captures three sides of Heath Ledger', Melbourne, 24 Jan 2008, (illus.).
Emily Sharpe, The Art Newspaper, 'Final portrait of Heath Ledger up for prize', pg. 3, England, Mar 2008, 3.
Josephine Tovey, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Star gazers turn gallery into shrine', pg. 15, Sydney, 02 Apr 2008, 5 (colour illus., detail).
Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 'Heath's memorial triumphs', pg. 7, Sydney, 09 May 2008, 7 (illus., detail).
Editor Unknown, Mudgee guardian, 'Guide', pg. 13, New South Wales, 07 Apr 2008, 13.
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Newcastle herald, 'Portrait of actor wins many fans', Newcastle, 09 May 2008, 13 (illus.).
Editor Unknown, Illawarra mercury, 'Heath a hit with public', pg. 9, New South Wales, 09 May 2008, 9 (illus., detail).
Unknown (Editor), The Epoch Times, 'Controversy the Name of the Archibald Game', Sydney, 02 Mar 2008.
Editor Unknown, Central, 'Ledger artist the popular choice', pg. 10, Sydney, 14 May 2008, 10.
Editor Unknown (Editor), North Shore times, 'Night at the gallery', pg. 50, Parramatta, 28 Mar 2008, 50. Publicity for Vincent Fantauzzo discussing painting at the Gallery's art after hours.
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Border mail., 'Heath's mum to receive portrait', Albury, 03 Apr 2008, 2.