Born in Western Australia in 1949, Leon spent his formative years in the outback town of Meekatharra. His great love for the outback shows clearly in his work and his imaginary town of Widjimorphup features prominently. The spirit of “Widji” emerges throughout Pericles’ work and using its myths he distills the essence of the Australian bush, all imbued with the whimsy and enchantment which are his trademark.
In 1989 the Art Gallery of Western Australian curated a retrospective exhibition of his prints entitled ’20 Years of Printmaking”. An exhibition of Pericles’ work toured Australia in 2002 and 2003. His work is held in numerous public and private collections.