Vincent Fantauzzo’s Love Face, a portrait of one of Australia’s most popular small screen actors, has taken out this year’s Archibald People’s Choice Award.
Fantauzzo, a fifth time Archibald finalist, had this to say about his winning portrait of his Logie-winning girlfriend.
“I had so many ideas about how to paint it that I didn’t quite know which way to go, says Fantauzzo. In the end I decided it needed to be honest and simple. A face can display so much emotion and Asher’s eyes tell you so much of the story.”
One of Australia’s most popular actors, Keddie provided the inspiration for Fantauzzo’s entry, via a look she reportedly gave him one night.
“I knew she’d had a hard day and so was relieved to be home,” says Fantauzzo. “It was a look of real happiness.”
Fantauzzo, a Melbourne-based artist, has previously won the 2011 Packing Room Prize for his painting of Matt Moran, and the People’s Choice Award in 2008 and 2009 for paintings of Heath Ledger and child actor Brandon Walters from the film Australia.
Fantauzzo takes home $2,500 and a $1,000 ANZ Visa Gift Card in spoils.