Edmund Capon, 2011 by Gary Grealy

image of Edmund Capon 2011 by Gary Grealy

Artist's statement

Edmund Capon AM OBE, is the outgoing director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, a position he has held since 1978. When I thought of Edmund Capon I recalled the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, yet in this case it’s a single picture of a man who has been responsible for at least a thousand more. I wanted to create a strong portrait of Edmund, one that would capture his authority and stature as one of the Australia art world’s key players, and offer a different side to the usually jovial face he offers to the media.