Gary Lee is a Larrakia artist with affinities to the Wadaman and Karajarri peoples. Since 1993, he has embarked on a photographic project focusing on male portraiture which is the basis of his art practice. His portraiture examines the nexus of culture, ethnicity and masculinity, particularly among everyday boys/men. For the first decade of his practice, he photographed largely in Nepal and India, where the men there reminded him of Aboriginal men in Darwin. His portraiture has come to include Aboriginal and non-Indigenous men. His work has been published in books, art journals and magazines in Australia and abroad.
Gary Lee joined the stable of artists at Alcaston Gallery in 2012, where he featured a series of photographs in an exhibition entitled Fashion Tatts. This exhibition comprised of a selection of images of tattoo-clad young man, Jesse. The images form a narrative, and add a personal, intriguing dimension to the man’s tattoos, while broader themes of ‘art/fashion’ emerge.
In 2013, Alcaston Gallery exhibited photographic prints by Gary Lee in Simmer II, a series belonging to Lee’s long term photographic project, Nice Coloured Boys, which focused on male portraiture, examining the cultural diversity between images and individuality, as well as a particular type of concupiscent desire evident in each photograph.
In 2014, Alcaston Gallery displayed a collection of portraits featuring fellow Indigenous Australian male artists titled Undercover. The artists were specifically chosen to be the subject of these portraits as their artwork has helped shape the recent political and artistic landscape of Australia.
Gary Lee’s work has been collected by major institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
© The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, 2020
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 Gorgeousness, Fresh Gallery, Otara, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand (part of Auckland Festival of Photography)
2013 Simmer II, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2014 Undercover, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Making Change: Celebrating 40 Years of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations, National Museum of China, Beijing, China
2012/13 Exhibited work from Nice Coloured Boys and Skin series in Making Change, Celebrating 40 Years of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations, group exhibition at the National Museum of China, Beijing, 12 November to 14 December 2012; showing in Sydney July-August 2013
2013 Shadowlife, An Asialink/Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
2013 Treaty, yeah?, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2014/15 PULSE: Reflections on the body, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
2017 The Public Body 2.0, Artspace, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1999-2000 Art design, Sydney Harbour Bridge, New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2001-2002 Art design, Sydney Harbour Bridge, New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2011 Nominated Artist of the Year, National NAIDOC Awards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2012 Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO) Award, Canberra: The Workplace Research Associates Award
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Private collections in Australia, Singapore, India and New Zealand.
City of Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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