Stories from a Fine Art Photographer

Gary Grealy has established himself over many years as an advertising and portrait photographer in Sydney. Work has been commissioned by leading advertising agencies, major national and international clients. Gary's fine art photography work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. For nine years of the eleven year history of the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery Gary's work has been exhibited as a finalist. In 2009 he was named as highly commended runner up with a portrait of Sydney gallery owners Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters. In 2011 the Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters portrait was added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Again in 2012 Gary's work was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery with his portrait of former NSW Art Gallery Director Edmund Capon. In the same year Gary's work was also exhibited in the 2012 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. 2013 saw the Edmund Capon portrait added to the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. In each following year Gary’s portraits have been exhibited in the NPG including 2015 with a portrait of Mother and daughter artists Ann and Sophie Cape. During 2014 Gary was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a work of Australian Rugby Union legend 'Ken Cathpole'. This work was made possible by the philanthropy of Patrick Corrigan. In May 2015 the Mosman Art Gallery exhibited Gary’s work in an exhibition titled Art-Maker, Patron, Lover.

After once again being a finalist in the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prizes, Gary was eighth time lucky when his twin photograph of artists Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay won the top prize.
This year the tide was turned when Alison Mackay asked Gary if she could paint his portrait which was then chosen as a finalist in the Archibald prize for 2018.

Gary’s work is in the collections of…..

  • The National Gallery of Australia
  • The National Portrait Gallery of Australia
  • Rockhampton Regional Gallery
  • Bundanon Trust
  • Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
  • Orange Regional Gallery
  • Private Collections





Schedule 2019

Tuesday 12th November

Trade Opens & Rego Opens 8.30am Trade Show and Registration Opens
Joshua Holko 9.30am - Polar Wildlife Portraiture
Coffee Break 11.00am 
Rocco Ancora 11.15am - Creating Dramatic Portraits
Lunch Break 12.45pm 
Forum 1.30pm 
Lauren McGill 2.00pm - Finding The Light
Coffee Break 3.30pm 
Melissa Ghionis 3.45pm - Business Workflow 
Drinks 5.15pm 
Evening Hands on Shoots 6.30pm 
End 9.30pm

Wednesday 13th November

Trade Opens & Rego Opens 8.30am Trade Show and Registration Opens
George Fetting 9.30am - What makes a Good Headshot
Coffee Break 11.00am 
Jason Edwards 11.15am - The Day in the Life of News Photog
Lunch Break 12.45pm 
Forum 1.30pm 
Ashley and Nicki 2.00pm - Not So Fancy
Coffee Break 3.30pm 
Jerry Ghionis 3.45pm - Meaning & Purpose
Drinks 5.15pm 
Print Awards 6.15pm 
End 7.30pm


Leonda By The Yarra 

Leonda By The Yarra is an iconic Melbourne venue in an outstanding location. Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in Hawthorn and just 4 kilometers from the CBD, Leonda offers both convenience and tranquillity. There is complimentary parking on-site and excellent public transport links from the city, with a range of accommodation close by.

Car Parking

If you choose to drive to Leonda then we have FREE parking on-site that can accommodate up to 150 vehicles.

Public Transport

Tram - Leonda is located just steps from stop 29 Power St/Riversdale Rd on route 70. Once exiting the tram, walk approximately 200m down Wallen Rd towards the City. We will appear on your left!
Train - After exiting at Hawthorn Station, walk for approximately 630m down Evansdale Road towards Wallen Rd. The path will veer left slightly at Glan Avon Rd and go under a bridge.
Boat - For something a little bit wow, arrange for boat transport from Melbourne’s iconic Southbank to Leonda’s own private jetty