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Portrait of Amitabh at Hong Kong exhibition

By: By Raymond Ronamai
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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been immortalised at the Madame Taussauds. This time, a painting of the actor has made its way to the Art HK 10 exhibition, which would be there till Sunday. Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann took his picture last year and renowned Aussie artist Vincent Fantauzzo painted it.

Baz and Vincent toured India last year in response to the attacks on Indians in Australia. It was during the trip that Baz took Amitabh"s picture and Vincent painted it for the Art HK 10 show in Hong Kong. The portrait of the actor is one of the 155 top galleries of 29 nations participating in the exhibition. Big names in the field of art across the world are expected to attend the event.

“Vincent"s portraiture tends to be about reflecting iconic people in different stages of their career. Amitabh Bachchan, in my opinion, is probably a greater force than any Hollywood actor has ever been. I was struck by his level of peace and spirituality," The Times of India quoted Baz as saying. “He"s more that just an actor — to a lot of people, he"s a leader and someone of influence. He has a responsibility to those that worship him as this icon," added Vincent.

Baz is also planning to exhibit the painting of other Bollywood actors like Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan at other art fairs. It may be recalled that Vincent painted Hollywood actor Heath Ledger before he passed away.

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