Grace Costa’s natural ability to capture expressive images has earned her success over an 18-year career as a commercial photographer and photo-based artist. She studied Advanced Diploma of Commercial Photography through Canberra Institute of Technology just as digital was transforming the photography industry. She started her career working in portrait studios photographing babies and children before moving into glamour portraits in the early 2000s, and worked in camera sales and printing for Kodak in Canberra.
Since then Grace has built a multi-award-winning portfolio and worked as a senior photographer for the Department of Defence at the Royal Military College for the past 12 years. She recently retired from this position to run her business full time.
In 2014, “Portrait of Minika” ensured a finalist position for Grace in the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Grace’s heart lies with contemporary portraiture where she is best known for her striking yet hyper-real large-scale portraits of horses, developed from her history with horses growing up. She has turned equine art on its head and brought it into the 21st century with contemporary and imaginative portraits capturing the texture, form and grace of each horse.
Her most successful exhibition while it travelled around Australia, HORSE captured the hearts and admiration of many and featured in Head On Photo Festival. The success of HORSE led her to presenting a TEDx Canberra talk titled ‘Finding your creative truth through personal story’ in 2017, and many other opportunities flowed from there.
Grace has featured in numerous respected Australian publications such as Photo Review, Equine magazine and The Eye Creative, and in 2019 will add film producing to her portfolio as she launches her first short film based on her father’s story with horses.
Grace exhibits in both solo and group shows in galleries around Australia and is represented by Weswal Gallery in Tamworth.
Grace is also a private mentor and teacher of photography and is passionate about inspiring others through her photography journey to follow their creative dreams.