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Vincent Fantauzzo

United Kingdom, Australia

1979 -


This painting won the People's Choice in 2008 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2008.




Media category


Materials used

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 Bell 2008


Not on display

Accession number


Archibald Prize

People's Choice - 2008

Artist information

Vincent Fantauzzo

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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, 'Ledger now a man of the people', pg. 15, Sydney, 09 May 2008, 15 (colour illus., detail).

Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 'Three faces of Heath in frame', pg. 14, Sydney, 21 Feb 2008, 14 (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, 'Amid the grief, a portrait for the family', pg. 5, Sydney, 07 Feb 2008, 5 (illus.).

Steve Meacham., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Williams in Perth for Ledger funeral', Sydney, 07 Feb 2008, (colour 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 (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.

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, Illawarra mercury, 'Heath a hit with public', pg. 9, New South Wales, 09 May 2008, 9 (illus., detail).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Border mail., 'Heath's mum to receive portrait', Albury, 03 Apr 2008, 2.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Newcastle herald, 'Portrait of actor wins many fans', Newcastle, 09 May 2008, 13 (illus.).

Editor Unknown, Mudgee guardian, 'Guide', pg. 13, New South Wales, 07 Apr 2008, 13.