Garry Zeck – Artist – Paintings – Ceramics

For Perth born artist Garry Zeck art is life and art is his journey. Garry has contributed to the Western Australian arts community as an arts educator and accomplished art practitioner. He is a renowned ceramicist and painter who derives inspiration from the natural environment often depicting the native flora of Western Australia. Garry has exhibited extensively over his long career and has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Adelaide, Broome and Perth. His work is represented in numerous collections including, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank Sydney and private collections both national and international.

Art is life. Art is the journey. What I want my art to reflect on is the impact of the experiences that have influence on my thinking. These experiences include self discovery, a reaction to form and a passion for gestural realities. I believe that most often the attempt is to find ‘meaning’ as a justification for creating. The authentic journey is a journey from the heart. To be an artist is to experience that journey every day, to ask what I want to say and how the materials I use are going to contribute to this expression. 

Garry Zeck – CV

1941    Born – Perth, Western Australia
1974    Artist in Residence, Fremantle Art Centre
1983-89    BA Fine Arts Western Australian College of Advanced Education
1974-2002    Lectured Colleges and TAFE Centres Metro & Regional WA
1974-80    Arts Access workshops regional Western Australian centres


2004    Perth Royal Show Art Exhibition, Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia, Award of Merit
1979    John McCaughey Memorial Invitation Prize, National Gallery of Victoria
1974    Charles Hamilton Memorial Prize for Oil Painting, Fremantle
1954    Perth Prize, Perth WA, Highly Commended


  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT 2007
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA – Painting, Drawing, Brush and Ink, Ceramics
  • Municipal Collection, Shire of Innes, County Clare, Ireland
  • Artbank Collection, Sydney Curtin University, Bentley
  • Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Fremantle City Council, Fremantle
  • Hale School Collection, Wembley Kalgoorlie College Collection
  • Municipal Collection, Taiji, Japan R&I Bank Collection, Perth
  • Swan City Council Collection, Midland Sydney Stock Exchange, Sydney
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth


  • The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol.49#1, 2010
  • The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol.45#3, 2006
  • 50 Western Australian Painters and Printmakers – Fremantle Centrepress
  • R&I Bank of WA Art Collection – R&I Bank
  • Pottery In Australia, Vol 33, No.3, Spring 1994
  • Arts Unlimited, 1993, Vol.1, Sep 93
  • Craft West Magazine 1980/3 pp 8-9
  • New Art Seven Profiles in Contemporary Australian Art, 1992 Ed. Neville Drury

Solo Exhibitions

2010    Contre-Jour: Against the day, Stafford Studios, Perth
2009    Thematic Partnership, with Ian deSouza, Stafford Studios, Perth
2004    Master Strokes, Stafford Studios, Perth
1998    Ceramics by Garry Zeck, Perth Galleries, Perth
1997    Urns, Large Pots and Platters, Perth Galleries, Perth
1995    Perth Galleries
1994    Shipping Containers, Perth Galleries, Perth
1993    Reflections of the Swan Valley, Perth Galleries, Perth
1992    Perth Galleries, Perth
1991    Guildford Village Potters, Guildford
1991    (with Basil Hadley), Perth Galleries, Perth
1990    Ceramics, Perth Galleries, Perth
1988    Charcoal Drawings of the Goldfields, Kalgoorlie College, Kalgoorlie
1988    Ceramics & Brush and Ink Paintings, Perth Galleries, Perth
1987    Ceramics & Brush and Ink Paintings by Garry Zeck, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1985    Garry Zeck Brush and Ink Drawings On Japanese Handmade Paper, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1985    Ceramics and Paintings, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1984    Drawings by Garry Zeck, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
1984    Ceramics, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1984    Ceramics, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
1982    Ceramics & Drawings, Gallery 52 , Perth
1982    Paintings, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1982    Shinju Matsuri Festival Artist, Broome
1981    Garry Zeck Paintings & Ceramics, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1980    Garry Zeck Paintings Review Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Gallery, Fremantle
1980    Ceramics & Paintings, Gallery 52, Perth
1979    Paintings & Ceramics, Gallery 52 , Perth
1978    Ceramics by Garry Zeck, Gallery 52, Perth
1977    Garry Zeck paintings – barbara hanrahan prints, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1976    Inaugural Exhibition, Gallery G, Perth
1975    Skinner Galleries, Perth
1975    Garry Zeck an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1974    works in progress, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1974    End of Residency Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1972    Skinner Galleries, Perth
1967    Hesling-Archer Gallery, Perth

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2009    CAAWA Selective Exhibition, Fremantle Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle
2008    What Lies Beneath, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring
2001-6    CAAWA Selective Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park
2002    Love Your Work, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
2001    Is the Dinner Party Dead, CAAWA at WASAD, Northbridge
2000    Michiko & Friends, Perth Galleries, Subiaco
1999    Everyday Change- Ceramics in WA 1970 – 1999, Lawrence Wilson Gallery UWA, Nedlands
1999    Edge to Edge, Perth Galleries, Subiaco
1999    The Vase, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1996    Bowled and Beautiful, National Bowl Show, Sydney
1996    Clay and Glass Association of WA, Perth
1994    City of Perth Craft Awards, Craft Council of WA, Perth
1992    Ceramics from City of Fremantle Collection, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1987    Western Australian Drawings, Art Gallery of Western Australia,
1986    Bowles and Bottles, Arts Access Touring Exhibition, Fremantle
1986    Four Western Australian Potters, Blaxland Galleries, Sydney 1986 Seven WA Artists Exhibition, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1985    “Pots” with Bela Kotai, Greg Crowe and Phil Douglas, Crafts Council of WA, Perth
1985    Artists Self Portrait Drawings, Arts Access Touring Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1985    The WA Week Invitation Art Award Exhibition of Paintings, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1984    Mobil “Pegasus” Painting Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1984    Fremantle Markets Invitation Ceramic Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1983    Western Australian Ceramics Exhibition, Greenhill Galleries, North Adelaide
1983    10 times table – Functional Potters, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1982    The First 10 Years, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
1982    Meat Market Craft Centre, North Melbourne
1982    Second Acquisitive Award, The Mining Industry of WA, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1982    Survey 82 Invitation Exhibition, Bunbury Arts Chambers, Bunbury
1981    Focus on Clay, Craft Council WA, Quentin Gallery, Perth
1980    Focus on Clay, Distelfink Gallery, Hawthorn Vic
1980    Contemporary Western Australian Painters and Printmakers,Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1979    John McCaughey Memorial Invitation, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1978    Inaugural Art Exhibition Prize Exhibition, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth
1976    The Third Charles Hamilton Memorial Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1976    Ten Western Australian Painters, Art Gallery of WA, Perth
1976    Jubilee Art Acquisition Exhibition, Perth Technical College, Perth
1968-71    Skinner Galleries, Perth

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