THE paint was barely dry on his portrait when actor Heath Ledger was pronounced dead.

Melbourne artist Vincent Fantauzzo painted what turned out to be a frightfully accurate and morbidly timed portrait of the actor Heath Ledger just before his death. Fantauzzo had apparently just finished the painting when reports came through of Ledgers death! I think this painting eerily sums up the actors state of health and mind just before his death authenticating the painting more than anyone could imagine.

Apparently Heath had posed for the artist when he was last in Australia and was very much anticipating the end result, I only came across this painting recently and it sent a shiver down my spine when I found out the circumstances of it’s creation. Like most of my friends, I fell under the spell of Heath when he played the joker so brilliantly in ‘The Dark Knight’ really adding a twisted edge not seen before to an age old villain.

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About High Velocity Trifle

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design; digital / hand drawn illustration / photography / video... I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery, whether it be a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement, brand logo design, an original/against the grain adornment of style, not to mention a well executed shamrock in the head of a pint of Guinness... What? Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while... Kinda like Sambuca but less flammable, but I was fortunate to record in many of London's legendary studio's and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area/platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don't have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments too and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band... I don't agree with that in the workplace!
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