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Winter, Setting Sun, Hampstead 1963
Sapphire Blue Sunflowers

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Born in Western Australia in 1923, John de Burgh Perceval had no formal art training, but a close association with his brother-in-law Arthur Boyd, helped him develop his artistic talents. After the war he spent some years working for the Boyd family's pottery works in Victoria, emerging from this experience as an accomplished ceramic artist. A member of the Antipodean group he exhibited in the famed 1959 exhibition. In 1962 he went to London for three years and returned to Australia as the first recipient of a two-year fellowship at the Australian National University, Canberra.

John Perceval is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1969 of 2,280, of which 1,572 (69%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $690,000 for Scudding Swans 1959 sold by Menzies in March 2010. This year 38 works have been offered for sale. Works by John Perceval are held by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and a further seven major public national galleries (see list below).

John Perceval is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 770
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 541
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 353
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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