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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gary is thrilled to have received an Australia Council Grant for the production new work for the touring exhibition ART-Maker, Patron, LoverRead More
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.Read More
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.
Gary's 2015 portrait of philanthropist Patrick Corrigan has been added to the collection of the Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery.