Heath Ledger’s Last Portrait a Finalist for Archibald Prize


Vincent Fantauzzo’s final portrait of Heath Ledger, which I posted about back in January and reported that Fantauzzo was submitting the painting for the prestigious Archibald Prize, is now officially a finalist for that prize. The Archibald is given to the “Best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics” according to the organizers.

Forty finalists have been named for the prize out of 693 entries, and the winner is to be named on March 7. It has a history of controversy and this year is no exception. Sam Leach’s self-portrait inspired by Adolf Hitler is leading the charge in that area.

Of working with Ledger, Fantauzzo said: “Heath was a very private person, which is one of the reasons I was so honoured that he allowed me to paint him. He was so easy and professional to work with. He didn’t need any direction, (he was) absolutely focused. Once done, he was back to his usual charismatic self.”

Heath Ledger’s Last Portrait [tr]


  1. peterparker says

    Unbelievable! I think the painting sucks. None of the three images look anything like Heath Ledger. As I commented when Andy first posted about this, the image in the middle looks like Johnny Depp, the image to the right looks somewhat Aboriginal and the image on the left looks like some Latin guy. But none of them look like Heath Ledger.

  2. says

    The painting has been Highly Commended by the Archibald judges, is drawing big crowds and is odds-on for the People’s Choice award. Fantauzzo has been offered six-figure amounts for the painting but will give it, as promised, to Heath Ledger’s mother.