RAY CROOKE "Outback Family" Signed, Original Oil on Board 45cm x 60cm

Regular price $7,319.00

RAY (AUSTIN) CROOKE (1922 - 2015)
Original Oil on Board Painting

Title: Outback Family
Hand Signed: Lower Right
Image Size: 45cm x 60cm
Frame Size: 62cm x 77cm (Older Style Timber Frame - Few Minor Nicks due to Age)
Art Condition: Very Good to Excellent for Age

Framed and Ready to Hang.

Provenance:

Private Collection Melbourne
Anthea Polson Art, QLD
Private Collection Sydney

You can also come view this work and many others in our Surry Hills Gallery in Sydney. Please message me to arrange a time to view in person.

This Ray Crooke purchase will come with a Certificate of Authenticity as a genuine Ray Crooke Painting.

Serafin Martinez
Principal, Martinez Art Dealer
Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
ABN 36 561 407 649

Biography:

Ray Austin Crooke AM (12 July 1922 - 5 December 2015) was an Australian artist known for his landscapes. He won the Archibald Prize in 1969 with a portrait of George Johnston.

Ray Crooke was born in Auburn, Victoria in 1922. He spent time in Townsville, Cape York and other parts of northern Australia joining the Australian Army during World War II.

After the war, he enrolled in Art School at Swinburne University of Technology and later travelled to New Guinea, Tahiti and Fiji. In 1949 he travelled to the Torres Strait, returning to Melbourne in 1951 to marry June Bethell.

His portrait of the novelist George Johnston won the Archibald Prize in 1969, and the University of Queensland owns three of Ray Crooke's portrait paintings: Portrait of Xavier Herbert (1977), Portrait of Professor Emeritus Sir Zelman Cowen, (1919 - 2011), Vice-Chancellor 1970 -1977 (1977) and Portrait of Sadie Herbert (1980). 

However, he is not known usually for portrait painting. He is known for serene views of Islander people and ocean landscapes, many of which are based on the art of Paul Gauguin. He was responsible for the dust-jacket for Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert.

During the sixties, the Crooks lived in Sydney and Melbourne, making regular trips to Thursday Island, New Guinea, Cape York and Fiji. He frequently exhibited his work at the Johnstone gallery in Brisbane and the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. For Crooke, the Johnstone Gallery was pivotal to his success, beginning with his first solo exhibition there in 1960, and continuing, largely unabated, ever since.

His painting The Offering (1971) is in the Vatican Museum collection. Many of his works are in Australian galleries.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 1993 Australia Day Honours, "in recognition of service to the arts, particularly as a landscape artist".

Crooke died on 5 December 2015 at the age of 93.

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