'Heat an oil on canvas by artist Vincent Fantauzzo, is seen in this image provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney May 8, 2008.
The painting features a bare-chested Ledger against a black background, looking straight out of the canvas with two other images of the actor at the sides whispering into his ears.
Sydney (Reuters) - A portrait of a brooding Heath Ledger, painted shortly before the Australian actor died in January, was voted the most popular painting in Australias top art prize for portraiture on Thursday.
I had seen his eyes wander off or stare into the camera while doing interviews and wondered what he may have been thinking.
I felt that being a celebrity, you are always under constant scrutiny with so many demands made of you that you have to hold part of yourself back and not give too much away.After the sittings I felt so inspired, says Fantauzzo, who flew home to Melbourne to finish the portrait.Fantauzzo has refused offers to buy the painting, and said he had spoken to Ledgers family, who decided the painting would be donated to the New South Wales Gallery in Sydney.Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000.The Ledger family, in particular Sally, Heath Ledgers mother, and Vincent Fantauzzo have jointly decided to donate this painting to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
More than 32,000 people voted, and the painting drew record crowds to the exhibition.
Ledger was relaxed and happy and they talked about his career.
An artist is their own biggest critic.
Born in England in 1977, Fantauzzo came to Australia as a child and has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) and a Master of Fine Art from rmit University, Melbourne.Skip to content, see this work in the Gallery collection.Forty finalists have been named for the prize out of 693 entries, and the winner is to be named on March.But the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday announced that the Ledger portrait had won the peoples choice award, which is decided by votes from people who view the Gallerys Archibald exhibition.Ledger, 28, best known for his role as a conflicted gay cowboy in the 2005 movie Brokeback inika pink glow gift set Mountain, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in New York on January.He has had solo exhibitions at Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne in 20in Mumbai India in 2007.He was so easy and professional to work with.
Ive never worked so intensely or painted so obsessively.
Heath Ledgers Last Portrait.