Published: 20 February 2015
Local icon Leon Pericles is the latest addition to Aspects of Kings Park’s increasingly impressive line-up of artists on display, which is sure to delight those who love a little whimsy, texture and variety in their art.
Hailing from the rural Western Australian town of Meekatharra, Pericles’ love for art began at an early age. It was a passion that was undoubtedly spurred on by his Hale School art teacher, the late legendary Robert Juniper.
After completing his studies in Fine Art at the WA Institute of Technology (Curtin University), Leon went on to hone his skills at the Birmingham Polytechnic in the UK, before returning to Australia.
His impressive career is peppered with highlights including public works, prominent exhibitions and even a video documentary on his life and works. Pericles pieces are held in every state gallery in Australia in addition to the Australian National Gallery, the Parmelia Hilton collection and Australia-Japan Foundation, as well as in private collections around the world.
A mix-media master, Pericles is most renowned for painting and printmaking, but is also accomplished in sculpture, collage and designing kites – a unique endeavour which has produced stunning hand-painted ‘flights of fancy’ which have been showcased in Japan, China and Singapore.
Pericles’ most notable creative theme is of the imagined town of Widjimorphup, inhabited by the Widji people, as well as bush and sea references and quintessential Australiana such as the humble hills hoist.
Leon’s successes have certainly been fostered by his wife and business partner Moira Pericles, who in 2002 curated a printmaking retrospective of his work which toured around Australia during 2002 and 2003. Comprising more than 100 pieces of printmaking and a biographical account of ‘life with the artist’, the collection was an edited slice of 33 years of Pericles’ work.
Aspects of Kings Park is thrilled to have a select collection of Leon Pericles etchings and collagraphs, some of which utlilise mixed media, in store only. The pieces are an eclectic mix, exploring botanical themes, plus ocean and shipwreck-inspired works and quirky representations of homes and everyday objects.