Initially painted for his upcoming exhibition addressing climate change and extinction. Fantauzzo is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists; a recipient of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Archibald Packing Room Prize and the Archibald People’s Choice Award four times.
Vincent and his wife, Asher Keddie decided that, rather than wait for the exhibition, they wanted to contribute now and donate this piece to auction.
Once Upon A Time depicts the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger as an almost mythical creature, displaced, with its natural environment painted over in white; a poignant reminder that we often do not appreciate beauty until it's gone forever.
Fantauzzo said that “although the bushfire devastation is desperately sad, the response to it is incredibly inspiring.’ And, ‘amongst the sadness there is hope that the next generation, who are faced with a realistic fear about the climate, will create change.”