Behind the etching.
Perry arrived back in Australia from Vietnam after five months of Operations and the completion of his two year commitment as a National Service Conscript 1967 – 1969.
Needing a rest and inspiration he travelled to Europe to study art and visit the Galleries. When in Europe it soon became apparent that wonderful paintings were in abundance but far fewer engravings exhibited and none of any significant size.
On his return to Australia in March 1970, Perry chose a nomadic lifestyle, moved into a one roomed flat in Hawthorn, Victoria and started on his massive commitment, having purchased a 5′ x 2′ piece of brass began his 6 year journey and when completed recognised as a proclaimed Master Piece in Australia, “The Last Supper and Borders” 1970 – 1976. This work of art is probably the largest engraving completed in modern times especially on a single piece of brass. Perry’s design and creation of the boarders that compliments da Vinci’s painting are exquisitely unique and so intricate featuring 370 figures,500 scrolls and excess of 30,000 dots taking 5 years to complete. Over 3000 hours were spent on the engraving, all done freehand with a dentists drill (a unique medium) engraved early mornings and late nights in-between him earning an income as an engraver.
After the completion of this remarkable piece of work in 1976, it was articled in Newspapers around the world and exhibited in Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital for some years, and featured on Australian Television several times.
Perry has now decided to share his Masterpiece with the rest of the world.
The Finer Details
Title: “The Last Supper & Borders”
Artist: Perry Fletcher
Dimensions: 109cm x 2031cm
Medium: Engraving on brass
The medium used is a dentists drill on engravers brass.
Subject: After da Vinci’s “Last Supper” with 13 figures at table. The central
perspective is enhanced by 4 receding panels terminating at a central arch with landscape
in the background. The actual “Last Supper” image size is 34 x 76cm. The borders and
side panels are finely detailed incorporating 370 figures, 500 scrolls and 30,000 dots.
The work has a matt enamelled finish There is no marking, pitting or scratching.