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 TBA ( Portraits )
Lunch Break 12.45pm
Forum 1.30pm
Lauren McGill 2.00pm TBA ( Family Portraits )
Coffee Break 3.30pm
Melissa Ghionis 3.45pm TBA
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 FettingA25 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 TBA ( Weddings )
Coffee Break 3.30pm
Jerry Ghionis 3.45pm TBA
Drinks 5.15pm
Print Awards 6.15pm
End 7.30pm


The Peninsula

Peninsula - Waterfront Function Venues ​
Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, 3008

Peninsula is Melbourne’s most glamorous and avant-garde waterfront event space. Located at Central Pier, Docklands, inside a heritage-listed shipping shed, Peninsula is inspired by London’s iconic Tate Modern Museum. Featuring nine-meter high ceilings, exposed trusses and huge floor to ceiling windows flanked by the original loading doors of the shed, the space is sure to impress.