Garry Foye

solo exhibition
23 March – 17 April 2019
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Garry Foye

Afternoon Excursion 76×106cm acrylic on paper

Garry Foye is a Sydney based artist who has been exhibiting since 1990. He is well known for his richly textured abstract paintings which are often inspired by the Australian landscape, but has also had a longtime interest in drawing, portraiture and printmaking. He has been a finalist in a number of major prizes including the Dobell Prize for Drawing and the Archibald Prize for Portraiture. Garry has been exhibiting with Robin Gibson Gallery since 1995

My work relates to landscape, not in the usual sense of copying nature, but the landscape our society creates. Compositions are derived from structures, surfaces and textures left in the ever-changing wake of continuous progression and replacement. Memories too play a large part, as I attempt to evoke a sense of place in almost all of my imagery. The subject for work ranges from redundant mining areas, such as the old shale mine at Glenn Davis in the Capertee Valley, or the gold fields of Hill End, to the weathered terrace houses in the inner Sydney suburbs such as Balmain, with their layers of over-painting that suggest a nostalgia for a time gone, but not forgotten.

Garry Foye

Born in Sydney 1946
Lives & works in Sydney


1994 Bachelor of Visual Arts – Sydney College of the Arts/University of Western Sydney
1991 Associate Diploma of Fine Art – Liverpool College of TAFE

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Drifting Robin Gibson Gallery
2014 Capertee Reflections, Robin Gibson Gallery
2012 Driven to Abstraction, Two-Person exhibition with Carole Corrie, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre
2008 Site-Specific, Robin Gibson Gallery
2005 Remembering Capricorn, Robin Gibson Gallery
2003 New Abstract Paintings and Works on Paper, Robin Gibson Gallery
2001 More Balmain Bits, Robin Gibson Gallery
2000 Balmain Bits, Robin Gibson Gallery
1999 Mine-site Reflections, Nowra Galleries, Nowra
1999 New Paintings, Sergio Sill Fine Arts Gallery, Kariong
1997 Capricorn Re-visited, The Private Gallery, Sydney
1995 Landscapes, Mines, Memories & Other Things, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1994 Observations and Memories, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur
1994 Recent Works, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur


Garry Foye has been a finalist in a number of major art prizes including:
Archibald Portrait Prize, AGNSW
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW
Dobell Drawing Prize, AGNSW
Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize
Salon des Refuses, S.H Irving Gallery
Kedumba Invitational Drawing Award
The Black Swan Portrait Award Perth WA
Blake Prize for Religious Art, Sir Herman Black Gallery
Inaugural Blake Prize “Directors Cut Exhibition”
Mosman Art Prize
Jacaranda Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Inaugural Gallipoli Memorial Art Prize

He has won and been a finalist of many other local and regional art prizes


Contemporary Australian Drawing #1, by Dr Janet McKenzie. Macmillan Art Publishing 2012

Contemporary Australian Drawing – 20 Years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing 1993 to 2012, Published by the Art Gallery of NSW 2012

Josephine Tovey, Open Gallery – Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald 7th June 2008

Michelle Fernandes, Sydney Morning Herald, Domain Events, Page 3, 29th May 2003


The Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawings
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Portrait Collection
Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
Maitland City Art Gallery
Singleton Civic Art Collection
Blacktown City Council Collection
Liverpool City Council Collection
Fairfield City Council Collection
Uniting Church of Australia
University of Western Sydney, Macarthur
Muswellbrook Shire Council
Westway Bus and Coach Service
Szabo and Associate Solicitors
Fairfield Festival of the Arts Acquisitive Collection
Cessnock Civic Art Collection
HowSten Propriety Limited Collection
Ford Land Company Pty Ltd
L.A. Kennett Enterprises
South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE
Justice (Ret) Roderick Pitt Meagher Collection

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