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






Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Registration / Trade 8.45am

Peter Adams 9.30am

Peter Rossi and Charmaine Heyer 11.00am

Lunch 12.30pm

Open Panel Discussion with Speakers 1.00pm

Aries Tao 2.00pm

Afternoon Tea / Trade 3.30pm

Robyn Cambell 3.50pm

Nikon Flash Off Drinks 5.20pm

Nikon Flash Off 6.00pm

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Registration / Trade 8.45am

Marcus Bell 9.30am

Vicky Papas Vergara 11.00am

Lunch 12.30pm

Open Panel Discussion with Speakers 1.00pm

Natalie Howe 2.00pm

Afternoon Tea / Trade 3.30pm

Gary Grealy 3.50pm

Kayell Australia Drinks 5.00pm

Print Competition Winners Announced 6.00pm


The Lighthouse Gallery
Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000