Vincent Fantauzzo wins the Metro Art Award - Art Collector

1 August 2011 | Vincent Fantauzzo has been awarded the Metro Art Award for The Creek 1977, an oil painting depicting the victim of a car accident. It turned out to be a fitting subject. The artist, also the model in the work, was involved in a car accident when taxi a collided with his motorbike the day after he finished the painting.

"It was pretty serious. I had to have emergency surgery immediately for a broken collar bone and I was severely bruised and cut up in general. But it could have been a lot worse," he says.

Fantauzzo produced the work as part of a project he is currently completing with film director Baz Luhrmann.

Now in it’s ninth year, the Metro Art Award is an annual $50,000 prize open to emerging artists under the age of 35.

This year the selection panel included former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett, ABC TV arts presenter Fenella Kernebone and human rights advocate Julian Burnside.

Previous winners include Paul White, Jackson Slattery, Sam Leech and Giles Alexander.

The award exhibition at Metro Gallery in Melbourne closed last week.

Cassie Newman

Above: Vincent Fantauzzo's winning entry, The Creek 1977. Courtesy: the artist

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