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Ray Crooke Exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries, Queensland

“Cottage with figures,” 1944 Ray Crooke ink and wash 8.6 x 16 cm
(Courtesy: Philip Bacon Galleries)

Philip Bacon Galleries is currently hosting a solo exhibition of the works of Ray Crooke.

The exhibition showcases a collection of the artist’s works, including his oldest creations. Ray Austin Crooke AM (July 12, 1922 –December 5, 2015) was an Australian artist known for his landscapes. Born in Auburn, Victoria, in 1922, he spent time in Townsville, Cape York, and other parts of northern Australia during World War II. After the war, he enrolled in Art School at Swinburne University of Technology and later traveled to New Guinea, Tahiti and Fiji.

His portrait of the novelist George Johnston won the Archibald Prize in 1969, and the University of Queensland owns four 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 more 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. His painting “The Offering” (1971) is housed in the Vatican Museum collection. Many of his works are in the collections of the Australian Galleries. The 1997 exhibition “North of Capricorn” was an Australian touring retrospective exhibition of the artist’s works that was organized by the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville), initiated and curated by Grafico Topico and Sue Smith. Ray Crooke was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 1993 Australia Day Honors, “in recognition of service to the arts, particularly as a landscape artist.” Ray Crooke died on December 5, 2015, at the age of 93.

Philip Bacon Galleries is one of Australia's leading art galleries. The gallery is renowned for the depth of its stockroom and for exhibiting many of the country’s most celebrated, established and contemporary artists such as Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Cressida Campbell and many more.

The exhibition will be on view through July 28, 2018, at Philip Bacon Galleries, 2 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley Queensland 4006, Australia.

For details visit: http://philipbacongalleries.com.au

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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