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BORN 1949, Perth,
Western Australia.
1970 Diploma of Fine Art (Claremont Art School)
1972 Associateship in Fine Art, (W.A.I.T. - Curtin University)
1974 Higher Diploma in Fine Art, (Birmingham Polytechnic U.K.)
1975-88 Lecturer at various Art Colleges

Leon Pericles was raised in the outback town of Meekatharra. His art studies culminated in postgraduate studies in the UK. From an early age he won awards, quickly establishing skills and interests in a diversity of mediums such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, design and kite making. His great love of the Australian outback shows clearly in his work and his imaginary town of Widjimorphup features prominently.

The most notable feature of his body of work is the diversity and multiplicity of topic and style. Pericles has an extraordinary curiosity for so many subjects and a capacity to observe society and its foibles. In all his work, whilst there is considerable attention to accuracy of fact, he includes a delicious dose of fantasy and absurdity, inviting the viewer to examine more closely to establish where that line is drawn. The vehicle for this expression is often through his imaginary town of Widjimorphup.

In 1989 the Art Gallery of WA curated a retrospective exhibition of his prints entitled "20 years of Printmaking". Major commissions include a painting and construction work for the foyer of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and a spectacular stained glass window for the Chapel of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth. Leon is acclaimed nationally and internationally and has held many solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas since 1969.


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Australian National Gallery, Canberra
All Australian State Galleries
Birmingham Art Gallery, U.K.
Prime Minister of Japan (1986)
R & I Bank Collection
Deutsche Bank, Perth
Wesfarmers Collection
Prime Minister of United Kingdom (1988)
Parmelia Hilton Collection
Hyatt Hotel
Burswood Hotel
W. Australia Premiers Office (1991)
Comalco Collection
Australia/Japan Foundation Collection
Joondalup Development Corp
University of Western Australia (Guild)
Edith Cowan University
Curtin University
Bond University
Kerry Stokes Collection
Holmes a Court Collection
Sir Charles Gardner Hospital
King Edward Memorial Hospital
Royal Perth Hospital
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Numerous private collections in Australia and overseas


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N and L Perry (compilers) "Pericles' Etchings", Service Printing Co. Perth 1976.
M. Mason (ed) "Contemporary West Australian Painters and Printmakers" Fremantle Arts Centre Press 1979.
Bill Hawthorn, "Some Contemporary West Australian Painters and Sculptors" Apollo Press Perth, 1982.
Critic's Choice (exhib catalogue) Art Gallery of West Australia, Perth 1982.
L. Pericles, "Widjimorphup Story" Edition of 50, Widji Publishing Co. Perth 1982.
L. Pericles "A Bunch of Pictures" prints by Leon Pericles, Widji Publishing Co. Perth 1983.
L. Pericles, "Olse Dogg's Log Book" Feather Press, Perth 1986.
N. Drury, "New Art One" Craftsman House, Sydney 1987.
Barbara Chapman, "The Rural and Industries Bank of Western Australia Art Collection" Frank Daniels, Perth 1988.
Janda Gooding "The Song of the Lamb" The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art. Frank Daniels, Perth 1989.
Janda Gooding, "Leon Pericles" Exhibition Catalogue for "20 years of Printmaking" Art Gallery of Western Australia 1989.
Janda Gooding, Ron Banks, "Unseen Works from the North Wing of the Widjimorphup Shire Art Gallery", Pen & Paint Pty Ltd., Perth 1990.
Northern Territory University "Northern Perspective" Volume 14 No 1. 1991. Interview with Mark Davies and front cover reproduction.
The Western Australian Exhibition, Japan -Gallery Sanyo, Tokyo 1991
L. Pericles, "Congregated Images" , Pen & Paint Pty Ltd. Perth 1992.
Australian Snow Dome Exhibition, Embassy of Australia, Washington USA.1993.
N. Drury, "Images 2" Craftsman House Sydney, 1994.
Oz Arts Issue 8 1993 - Julian Leatherdale article
Country Style - Sept 1993 - Annabelle Frost article
The Tiggy Puggenheim Collection, J. Leatherdale, L Pericles Pen & Paint Pty Ltd., Perth 1994.
Sasha Grishin, Australian Printmakers in the 90's - 1996
Leon Pericles Print Retrospective 1969-2002, L Pericles, Pen & Paint Pty Ltd., Perth 2002


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Ophthalmic Confection, Pericles Studios, Perth

Stafford Studios, Cottesloe, Perth
Wash House Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney

Depot II, Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney
Pericles Studios, Mosman Park, Perth
Monsoon Gallery, Broome

Customs House Gallery, Warnambool, Vic
Beaver Gallery, Canberra

"A Smorgasbord of Leon Pericles", Marks and Gardner Gallery,
"Featuring Leon Pericles Prints", Judith Salmon Gallery, Sydney.
Greenhill Galleries, at Penny's Hill Winery, South Australia.
"Featuring Leon Pericles Prints", Old Bakery Gallery, Sydney
Gunyulgup Gallery, Yallingup W.A

Framed Gallery, Darwin
Monsoon Gallery, Broome
Pericles Studios, Perth “End of an Era”

Print Retrospective, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, S. Australia
Print Retrospective, Depot Gallery, Dank Street Studios, NSW
Inside the Museum of Widjimorphup, Greenhill Gallery, SA
Print Retrospective, Miners Hall of Fame, Kalgoorlie
Beaver Gallery, Canberra. New Work
Print Retrospective, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, S. Australia
Print Retrospective, Depot Gallery, Dank Street Studios, Sydney
Inside the Museum of Widjimorphup, Greenhill Gallery Adelaide
Print Retrospective, Miners Hall of Fame, Kalgoorlie
Beaver Gallery, Canberra. New Work

Print Retrospective Central Park Building Perth, Aust
Print Retrospective, Monsoon Gallery, Broome, Australia.
Print Retrospective, Xanadu Gallery, Margaret River, WA
Inside the Museum of Widjimorphup Greenhill Galleries, Perth

Mahoney's Gallery, Melbourne, Aust

Pilbara Fine Art, Karratha, WA, Aust
Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Aust

Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne, Aust

Monsoon Gallery, Broome, WA, Aust

Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW , Aust
Contemporary Art & Design Gallery, Brisbane, QLD. Aust
Sidewalk Gallery, Hobart TAS, Aust
Editions Armidale Melbourne, VIC, Aust

The Convent Gallery, Daylesford, VIC, Aust
Wilson's at Robe, Robe, SA, Aust
Flinders Gallery, Townsville, QLD, Aust

Griffith Fine Art Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW, Aust
Gunyulgup Gallery, Yallingup, WA, Aust
Extravaganza Gallery, Albany, WA, Aust
AFFA Gallery, Bendigo, VIC, Aust
Phillips & Company, Sydney, NSW, Aust
Cintra Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Aust
Mowbray Gallery, Port Douglas, QLD, Aust
Framed, The Katherine Gallery, Katherine, NT, Aust

J-hat Gallery, Toyohashi City, Japan
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW, Aust

Breewood Gallery, Katoomba, Leura, NSW, Aust
Editions Southbank (Axia)Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Aust
Cable Beach Resort (Kimberley Kreations Gallery), Broome, WA, Aust
Mulgara Gallery, Yulara NT, Aust

Freeman Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Aust
Gallery D, Montville QLD, Aust
Feather Press Studio, Perth, WA, Aust
Seasons Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Aust

Gallery Sanyo, Tokyo, Japan, (Group Exhib)

Qdos Contemporary Fine Arts, Lorne VIC, Aust
Framed, The Showcase Gallery Darwin N.T.Aust

Greenhill Gallery, Perth, WA, Aust
Art Gallery of Western Australian Perth, Retropective Exhibition-20 years of Printmaking

Access Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Aust
Greenhill Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Aust

Grahame Galleries, Brisbane, QLD, Aust

Prism Gallery, Fremantle, WA, Aust

Bonython Meadmore Gallery,Adelaide, SA, Aust
Feather Press Fine Art Studio, Perth, WA, Aust

Dempsters Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Aust
Quentin Gallery, Perth, WA, Aust
Qantas Gallery, London, U.K.
Solander Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Aust

Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Abercrombie Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Aust

Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Aust

Gallery 52, Perth, WA, Aust

Fine Arts Gallery, Perth, WA, Aust

Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA, Aust

Parmelia Gallery , Parmelia Hotel, Perth, WA, Aust

1970 Tuscany's Art Gallery, Perth, WA, Aust



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Hale School Print Commission - 150 Years

Broome Artist in Residence, Cable Beach Resort

Relocated the printmaking studios to Mosman Park, WA

Print Commission MND (Motor Neurone Disease) _It Takes Time_
Invited to be Patron of Printmakers Assoc. of Western Australia
Visited Broome for Opera Under the Stars for commissioned works in 2004

Leon Pericles Retrospective, Central Park Foyer, Perth
Leon Pericles Retrospective, Xanadu Gallery, Margaret River
Museum of Widjimorphup - Greenhill Galleries, Perth

Faure Island (Shark Bay Heritage Listed area) and Mt. Gibson Station. Invited to participate in a study of the environment with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy
4 Week Artist Residency at Port Douglas, Queensland

2 Week Artist Residency at Broome Western Australia

Print Commission St. Hilda's Girls School, Perth
Stained Glass Windows - Heather Barr Memorial Chapel, PLC Perth
Designs for Sheridan Aust. & USA - Textiles

The Tiggy Puggenheim Touring Collection 20 exhibitions around Australia

Artist in Resident, Sails in the Desert - Mulgara Gallery, Yulara,
Member of Tract design team for the Joondalup Development Corp. (Landcorp) Parklands of Joondalup
Print Commission Presbyterian Ladies' College Perth

Travelled through Tasmania - March

Painting Commission "Endangered Species Series" Artburst
Print Commission, Hale School, Perth
Print Commission, Joondalup Development Corp
Painting excursion to Bathurst Island, Northern Territory
Painting Commission, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Perth "Bouquet for the Academy"

National Print Award for Casebound Books with "Unseen works from the North Wing of the Widjimorphup Shire Art Gallery"
Painting excursion to Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Travelled to Italy, U.K. and U.S.A. Sept/Oct

Artist in Resident Cape Range National Park (Ningaloo Reef)

Awarded top score in "Ten Unique Kites of the World" at
5th International Kite Festival in China
Camden Print Award, NSW Australia
Bond University Print and Kite Commission

Invitation from Japan for International Kite Festival, Mt. Aso

Invitation from Singapore for International Kite Festival

Artist/Traineeship grant from West Australian Arts Council

Invitation from China for International Kite Festival

Travel to UK (London) for exhibition (Royal East Widji Art Society Exhib) Qantas Gallery

Stirling City Council Drawing Prize, Perth

Comalco Australia Ltd., Print Commission
Australian Print Council Commission

Australia-Japan Foundation Travel Grant. Visited Master Kitemakers and Printmakers in Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Kyoto

Fine Art Gallery "Judges Award"

WA Arts Council Grant for studies abroad
Travelled through Europe and America

University of W. Australia Guild of Undergraduates Print Award
Albany Art Prize for Painting

Bunbury Art Prize for Prints
Bunbury Art Prize for Drawing
Bunbury Art Prize for Water Colour

1968 A.B.C. award for "Best Set Design"