While still at the National Art School, Garry Shead entered the 1961 Archibald Prize. His solo exhibitions have continued since 1966 across Australia, with residencies taking him to France on several occasions. The 1960s also saw him as an editor of publications related to Oz Magazine and as a scenic artist and film editor for the ABC. He has won the 1993 Archibald Prize and the 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing. He has previously lived in Hungary and travelled extensively in Europe, central Asia and Central America. His work is in such collections as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest. Shead is represented by Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne.