RAY CROOKE

Fellow artist James Gleeson has written of Crooke's work:

"He belongs to that rare band of artists who have subtly changed our way of looking at the world. He has revealed the tropical north [of Australia ] as it has never been revealed before. We are in his debt to the extent that we now tend to see that part of the country through his eyes and with his vision."

The artist reveals in his travel diaries and sketchbooks of this period the basis for his paintings - the strong light effects at different times of the day, the colour of lush foliage after rain, and contrasting golden skin tones. Those who know Ray Crooke only for his island paintings however, may be surprised by his versatility. He has painted religious subjects and still lifes, and recorded rural landscapes, bush towns, and the Sydney Harbour in his vibrant and memorable style.

Awarded the Archibald Prize in 1978 for his portrait of literary antipodean, George Johnston. He was included in the Tate Gallery Exhibition of Australian Art (1963), and was an Official War Artist in Vietnam (1966). His work is represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia , all State and many regional galleries, the Vatican Collection of Rome as well as numerous private collections overseas. His work depicting the landscape and people of Fiji is particularly coveted.

  - Islanders Gossiping, Thursday Island
Islanders Gossiping, Thursday Island oil on canvas, laid on board 45 x 60cm


Stockman, North Queensland, oil on canvas 41 x 51cm


Fiji II - 2004 oil on canvas board 30 x 40cm


Flower Makers, Thursday Island oil on canvas 30 x 40cm

        Previously Available:

Ray Crooke - Islanders
Islanders oil on board 28 x 41cm SOLD


Untitled Church Thursday Island oil on board 50 x 40cm SOLD


Thursday Island Series 6 oil on canvas board 30 x 40cm SOLD


Thursday Island Series 4 oil on canvas board 30 x 40cm SOLD


Islanders gathering leaves oil on canvas 60 x 76cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - The Fijian
The Fijian oil on canvas 61 x 75cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - By the Lagoo
By the Lagoonoil on board 40 x 50cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - Poinsettia in the Basket - 2005
Poinsettia in the Basket - 2005 oil on canvas 50 x 60cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - Cape York Peninsula II - 1975
Cape York Peninsula II - 1975 oil on canvas 61 x 76cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - Fiji - 2004
Fiji - 2004 oil on canvas board 40 x 30cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - Villager with Fruit
Villager with Fruit oil on canvas 40 x 30cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - In the Shade with Basket of Fruit - 2005
In the Shade with Basket of Fruit - 2005 oil on canvas 60 x 50cm SOLD

Ray Crooke - In the Shade
In the Shade oil on board 30 x 40cm SOLD

Ray Crooke -
Thursday Island Series - No.1 oil on canvas 30 x 40cm SOLD

Ray Crooke -
Thursday Island Series - No.2 oil on canvas 30 x 40cm SOLD

Ray Crooke -
Thursday Island Series - No.4 oil on canvas 30 x 40cm SOLD

Ray Crooke -
Thursday Island Series - No.6 oil on canvas 30 x 40cm SOLD


Islander by a Lagoon II oil on canvas 30 x 40cm SOLD

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