2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize and MasterClass

I am honoured to again be exhibited in this years NPPP at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra opening on Friday the 23rd of March.

I will also be hosting a masterclass at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday the 24th of March sponsored by Profoto Lighting. Attached is a NPG Flyer for the coming events.

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Maitland Regional Gallery

Art Maker Patron Lover has completed its time at the beautiful Maitland Regional Gallery.

Thank you to all of the staff of the gallery for there help and support. The attached portrait is of the wonderful Mary Turner who attended the opening of my exhibition on her 90th birthday.

Mary is one of the Australian art worlds living treasures.


National Photographic Portrait Prize Announcement 2017

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped me with my journey that has culminated in winning the #NPPP2017 https://nppp.portrait.gov.au/.

To my best friend my wife Anne who has always been there, my two wonderful sons #beau_grealy & @emil_grealy and my very special sister @lyn_parsons and all of the family.

A very special thankyou to richard morecroft and alison mackay for agreeing to sit for our portrait and making Anne and I feel so welcome in their beautiful home.

To the #national portrait gallery, @Helen_Nugent, @Angus_Trumble and the NPG staff who looked after the finalist in such a kind and considerate way. I would also like to thank the judges NPG’s @Dr.Sarah_Engledow, NPG curator @Joanna_Gilmour, and photographer @George_Fetting for ultimately giving this honour to me from a stellar selection of work. The other member of the NPG I would like to thank for his support over the years is senior curator @Christopher_Chapman. I would also like to acknowledge all of the sponsors of the NPPP in particular @CR.Kennedy for the @Profoto lighting kit as part of my prize and I should mention that I purchased my old @Hasselblad 503 many years ago from CR Kennedy. My winning entry and all of my exhibition work was made with that very same camera.To @Patrick_Corrigan and @Gene_Sherman for their encouragement, support and philanthropy.

To @Robert_Gatto & @Luke_McCormac from @Kayell_ Australia and @Canson_Infinity who’s generosity in helping me print my exhibition is truly amazing and is really appreciated.  

Also @Amarisco_framing for all of their incredible work with every entry to the NPPP over all these years as well as my exhibition Art-Maker, Patron, Lover.

A very special mention to @Julie_Peterson, @John_Cheesman and Katrina Cashman from @Mosman_Art_ Gallery for hosting my exhibition Art-Maker, Patron, Lover and for the help with my @Australia_Council grant. Also to @Shoalhaven_Art_Centre and @Maitland_Regional_Art_Gallery for hosting my exhibition a little later this year.

To @Andrew_Frost for his generous support with writing for my exhibition & introducing me to artist @Mclean_Edwards my very first entry in the inaugural #nppp.

Finally thank you to everyone for all of the warm messages of support and congratulations. 




 Jude Joanna Gilmore, Angus Trumble NPG Director, Gary, Judge George Fetting, Brett Canet-Gibson, John Benavante

Jude Joanna Gilmore, Angus Trumble NPG Director, Gary, Judge George Fetting, Brett Canet-Gibson, John Benavante

 Beau, Gary, Emil and Anne.      

Beau, Gary, Emil and Anne.



 Gary, Alison Mackay and Richard Morecroft.   

Gary, Alison Mackay and Richard Morecroft.


 The speech.

The speech.

National Photographic Portrait Prize

I am thrilled to selected as a finalist in the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra for that eighth year.

The winner will be announced on the 31st of March 2017.

National Portrait Gallery Acquisition

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired seven works from Gary's exhibition Art-Maker, Patron, Lover. The acquisition included a portrait of Artist Adam Cullen which was made the morning after Adam won the Archibald Prize in 2000. Other works include the 2011 portraits of Artists JiaWei Shen and Lan Wang along with the 2009 portrait of Brian Sherman AM and the 2014 portrait of Dr Gene Sherman AM. The NPG also selected Gary's 2014 portrait of Dr John Yu AC and his 2015 portrait of philanthropist Patrick Corrigan AM.

Gary would like to thank Robert Gatto and Luke McCormac from Kayell Australia for their help, support and generosity with the production of Art-Maker, Patron, Lover. Also Amarisco for their beautiful framing of the exhibition.

This acquisition by the National Portrait Gallery was made possible with the generosity and philanthropy of Patrick Corrigan and Gene Sherman.

 Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

 Brian Sherman AM

Brian Sherman AM

National Portrait Gallery

Gary's portrait of Rugby Legend Ken Catchpole is currently on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery alongside Nikki Toole's portrait of Mark Ella. These commissions were made possible by the generosity of Patrick Corrigan.



Australia Council Grant

Gary is thrilled to have received an Australia Council Grant for the production new work for the touring exhibition ART-Maker, Patron, Lover

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Portrait Magazine Article


March 9, 2016

Gary was honoured to be asked to write an article for the Autumn edition of "Portrait" the magazine of the National Portrait Gallery. The editor Stephen Phillips asked Gary to write the piece titled "Why Portraiture" for the Observation Point page.

Accompanying the article is a recent work of Gary's titled "The Art Lovers - Noah and Savannah". Noah and Savannah are siblings, Noah is a student of the National Art School with photographic work already in private collections his sister Savannah is a prolific drawer with a prodigious creative talent. The siblings are second cousins to the late Australian artist Adam Cullen.

Gary has had a long association with The National Portrait Gallery with three works in the permanent collection as well as being a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize seven times. He was honoured in 2014 with a commission to make a portrait of Australian Rugby Union legend Ken Catchpole.

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Art-Maker, Patron, Lover, to Tour

Mosman Regional Art Gallery has confirmed Gary's exhibition Art-Maker, Patron, Lover will begin touring regional galleries galleries next year. The show will travel firstly to Shoalhaven Regional Gallery followed by Maitland Regional Gallery. Each exhibition will contain a selection of new works featuring images of local artists, philanthropists, and art world identities.

Patrick Corrigan Portrait

Gary's 2015 portrait of philanthropist Patrick Corrigan has been added to the collection of the Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery. 

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