Pencil Bros. balancing cigarette papers on their noses.


“In 1966 I was a few college credits short of maintaining my educational ability of avoiding the Draft which would have put me into the thick of the Vietnam War.So I registered for Summer school at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington the city that Ken Cory grew up in.I took a ceramics class and Ken was a student in the class and he knew his way around the throwing wheel and he gave me some tips on how to throw a pot and we hit it off like 2 brothers. This was the era of Abstract Expressionism and our Professors professed that school of thinking and both of us discovered it made both of us sick so we embarked upon a journey in our art that featured recognizable subject matter, humor and a dash of Surrealism thrown in.Then we also decided that it was not only OK but very playful and a blast to make art together much the same way musicians find it fulfilling to play music together.We first signed our 3 dimensional pieces The Art Team and one day we both awakened to the fact that the name was as interesting as a spud sandwich so what ensued was our beginning as the Pencil Bros. I was starting to sign some of my work as Pencil and one of our art making weekends as we got ready to sign the back of one of our metal fabrications Ken piped up that we could sign the back of the piece The Pencil Bros. and he could be Red and I could be Lead. Ken and I called each other these names until his untimely death in 1995. He often said,”better Red than Lead “. I miss him every day .” – Leslie LePere

The Pencil Brothers Exhibition will be on display during the Annual ECU Material Topics Symposium, January 15-17th. Their work will be located on the third floor near room 1322.

Pencil Brothers Exhibition
Third Floor, Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center
East Carolina University

For more information about Leslie LePere, please visit his website at

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