Since my first post of Heath Ledger's painting has been destroyed I thought I would offer this update.
Heath Ledger sat for a revealing portrait session just weeks before his tragic
death on January 22.
Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo tells PageSix.com
his painting is the result of an intense collaboration between himself and the
28-year-old star. "Before we did the painting we talked to all hours," he says.
"The night before, we talked about the painting and about art, and about all
sorts of things."The haunting image "was an idea we discussed together and came
up with... it was about how we all have different consciences and voices in our
head that tell us what to do and how to react. They're not good or bad, they're
just voices that we hear, telling us how to behave. That's what the other
figures are in the painting."When it came to the sitting, however, the talk
stopped. "Heath was really serious and focused and almost in a meditation. He's
Heath sat for a few hour-plus sessions, and then Vincent finished off the
painting. Unfortunately, the actor never saw the finished product.
"It's a real shame, because I never let people see a painting until it's completely finished. I had been text-messaging photos to all our friends, and he was the only one who didn't get to see it."
Since Heath's death, Vincent has been inundated with e-mails from fans all over the world. He says, "It's amazing how many people he touched, and it's pretty cool to be a part of sharing" the Heath that he knew. That Heath "loved and adored" daughter Matilda, got involved in his friends' projects, and lit up a room. "He was very free-spirited and he took his own road, his own path to success. When you met Heath or when you were in a room with Heath, he had such an amazing energy, such a strong presence."
Vincent hopes that comes through in the work. "Heath had such a distinctive voice, I wanted people to look at the painting and think of his voice and what he could be saying. I think that when someone looks at the painting, it's tempting to know what he's saying or what he's whispering, so they can imagine it themselves, but they'll never know."
Vincent's painting is up for Australia's prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture, which was his and Heath's plan all along. Still, for the artist and other friends who knew Heath, the focus remains on their loss. "It's just been really hard on everyone. I think now is a really hard time, because reality kind of kicks in. Time slows down and everyone just misses him."
Michelle Williams and Matilda Go For A Walk
Heath Ledger And His Daughter
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