As this year unfolds, we reflect on one of the busiest periods in our studios where new work has been completed to fulfil exhibition commitments, the Hale School print commission has taken off and an exciting sculpture and painting commission has fired us all into an ongoing creative period of making art.
The New Commission
A new development and refurbishment of the old Bunbury Silos is the latest creative task for Leon and his talented studio assistants.
A number of sculptural hangings designed to fill areas of voids in the building are being created in the studios. Other paintings offering a blend of historical references and painting are underway for public spaces in designated areas. With Leon’s passion for history and his artistic talents, this combination is a perfect recipe for an inspired series of works.
A deadline of 1st December has us all working intently.
Exhibitions and New Work
This year, to date, we have had a very successful exhibition at The Stafford Studios in Cottesloe during August where Alan Dodge, recently retired Director of the Western Australian Art Gallery, opened the exhibition with his inimitable humour and thoughtful comments. A great show and many thanks to Marlene and her enthusiastic staff.
The Washhouse Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney opened on 25th September with our son Damien and daughter Nia showing the flag on behalf of their absent parents. Leon’s Sydney agent Helen Turpin has worked tirelessly in organising and hanging the works and we are excited at the opportunity provided by a new gallery in a new location.
Still to come in October is the exhibition in Tambourine, Queensland with the dynamic duo of Mary and Janene in the delightful secret garden of the Marks and Gardner Gallery.
The Hale School Print has been an amazing journey. This commission is the largest single print commission in Australia and one of the fastest selling prints in our history. “From Humble Beginnings” was launched in April and at this point over three quarters of the edition of 150 has sold. Enquiries for this can be directed to Judy Greaney at Hale School.
In the small village of Lussac les Eglises, where we stayed with our muso friends, we found the charm and delight, typical of so many French villages where we could walk to the local patisserie daily, join friends and others in the small café and especially during the period of our stay, marvel in the music of a small quintet as they performed twice in the local church to an audience enchanted and amazed by their music. The exhibition of local artists (+ Leon Pericles) held at the same time provided a well rounded artistic experience for those who visited from the region. The temptation of the seductive lifestyle was all the more powerful with the rather affordable price of property in the Limousin. Trips to Limoges (Ceramics & Enamelling), Aubusson (Tapestries) and other villages were fascinating. At St. Leonard du Got, a fascinating ancient paper mill is again making beautiful papers by hand. A guided tour took us through the history of the mill and the process involved.
In Oxford, Leon could be found fossicking in old book shops, The Ashmolean Museum and Print Room and other fascinating libraries and local and university institutions of interest. He was on a mission to find a comprehensive visual documentation of the Oxfordshire Landowners’ crests. Inspiration comes in many guises!
Not to mention the beautiful landscape of North Cornwall where port villages cling to the coastline like tenacious mussels to the rocks. Regions rich in history such as these continue to inspire and captivate with stories of hardship, courage and survival.
We wait with anticipation to see how this inspiration will manifest itself in a visual form.
A few months ago, Prue Giagtzis joined our team as a part time picture framer. She job shares with Peter Blake who imparts his wisdom and depth of experience in assisting Prue as she settles into this job. They make a great team and their attention to detail in their work is second to none.
12 years ago Elly Joel, then a young Curtin Art Graduate worked in our Mt. Lawley studios for a few years before moving into the fashion world and living in the East. Now back in Perth, she has joined us to assist with the commissioned work.
On a personal note, we are very excited about the return to Perth of our son Damien, his wife Jasmin and their beautiful daughter Linnéa now aged 1. Damien is moving with the Landscape Architecture company he works for in Sydney (EDAW) as they open a new office in Perth. We look forward to their return!
We have updated our web images and you will find a selection of new paintings and prints in their relevant categories on this site.
Due to an increasing number of enquiries from our website, we have tried to be a little more helpful with information about some of the art work. We have increased the range of work reproduced on the web and you will be able to ascertain those prints which are in or out of edition. In general we have given an indication of the price of works available. We welcome your enquiry and for those who can, a visit to our studios of one of the galleries representing Leon’s work is recommended
Limited edition etchings and collagraphs start with the small Congregated Images and Kitsch Series which are offered framed at $320 and $365 respectively. Framed sizes of these are approx 250-350mm square.
Depending on size and detail in each work, the prices range from there up to the large images such as “An Apple A Day” and “My God’s Better Than Yours” priced at $2500. The mid. range of$700-$1000 covers many of the middle sized works.
Paintings and mixed media original works begin at approximately $1500 for small 20cm x 20cm works and range through to $25,000 for works of 2m x 1m. This is just a guide and many variables can affect the end price.
Items can be sent to any destination. We pack and post or freight around the world frequently. Quotes can be given for individual orders.