Vincent Fantauzzo is best known for his haunting painting of the late actor, Heath Ledger. Now, he’s set a goal to paint 30 portraits in 30 days to raise both money and awareness for substance addiction in collaboration with Lucid and the National Gallery of Victoria. The Hon. Bob Hawke AC, Baz Luhrmann, Matt Moran, Harry O’Brien, Geoff Huegill, Li Cunxin and Kimbra are lending their faces to Fantauzzo to aid those with substance addiction.
Lucid is a social enterprise that helps people with drug and alcohol addiction, and highlights that substance dependence is a problem that affects people from all walks of life. Through a range of community and workplace awareness and prevention programs, Lucid aims to help people see through drug and alcohol problems by raising awareness as well as providing education and access to support services.
Fantauzzo’s work will help those who need assistance to live with their addiction. “Addiction has definitely affected my life because I’ve had a lot of friends who have died or been in jail because of drugs and alcohol so I wanted to start the conversation about substance dependence without preaching to people. The 30 portrait subjects are really positive people with inspirational stories of how they’ve overcome adversity. I hope their uplifting stories will inspire people because when you’re an addict and in that mental space, you need all the positivity you can get.”
People are invited to visit NGV Studio in Melbourne’s Federation Square over the 30 days (until the 29th of July) where they will be able to see Fantauzzo’s portraits.
Head to the 30 Portraits 30 Days website to see the portraits Fantauzzo paints each day.