Vincent Fantauzzo wins Doug Moran Prize - Art Collector

Vincent Fantauzzo, Off Screen.

9 May 2011 | Vincent Fantauzzo has won the 2011 Doug Moran National Prize for Portraiture.

Fantauzzo’s depiction of Australian film and theatre director Baz Luhrman was selected the winner by judges, Louise Doyle, director of the National Portrait Gallery and artist Michael Zavros.

Fantauzzo, who is both a chef and artist and once wanted to be a boxer, chose Luhrmann as his subject because he wanted to convey the commitment, passion and vulnerability of people working within the creative industries.

Nicholas Harding with his work of Rex Irwin titled
Rex at Maroubra 2011was named runners up.

This year’s finalists included Adam Cullen, Matthew Butterworth and Natasha Bieniek.

Earlier this year, Fantauzzo won the Packing Room Prize at the Archibald Prize for portraiture. The Moran prize unlike the Archibald allows the depiction of an Australian citizen either with or without a public profile. The prize has been running since 1988 and the winner takes home $150, 000.

Amy Yang

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