Gary Fry is a lecturer in Scenic Art at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He trained as a fine artist at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.
His career as a scenic artist began in 1991, working on the Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre pantomime with Stanley Baxter. From here, Gary moved to London where he worked at the National Theatre, in and around the West End and painted for Opera North and Glyndebourne Opera. During this period, he travelled to Dubai to paint a party for a Sheikh.
In 1993, he travelled back to Scotland to take up a full-time scenic artist post at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and additionally painted for the Traverse Theatre and the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Gary travelled to Hong Kong in 1996, where he lived and worked for twelve years. Initially he worked freelance in Hong Kong and China before becoming the Scenic Artist/Lecturer in Applied Arts at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He remained there for seven years before moving to Walt Disney Imagineering where he became a Field Art Director for the new Hong Kong Disneyland. Among the attractions he led the painting on were Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Jungle River Cruise.
He returned to Scotland in 2009 to take up a role as a tutor in Scenic Art at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2014, Gary was the head scenic artist for the props at the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.