artists represented

Biographical notes
1922 Born in Melbourne, Victoria
1937 Started part time studies at Swinburne Technical College, Melbourne
1938 Joined AIF, drawing when able during service across northern Australia, Borneo, and islands north of Australia. Resumed studies at Swinburne after war.
Worked at various occupations including two years on Thursday Island for the Diocese of Carpentaria
1949 Lived in Far North Queensland and Thursday Island
1955 Lived in Melbourne with his wife and family and taught art at Swinburne College
1961 Returned to North Queensland full time painting Based in Cairns, Crooke  traveled extensively, developing an understanding of the people of Torres Strait, Fiji, and neighboring Pacific Islands, as well as inland Queensland and northern Western Australia
1966 Appointed an Official War Artist in Vietnam, but did not take up the appointment
1969 Returned to live in Sydney but still continued to travel and work
Won Archibald Prize with a portrait of writer George Johnston
1972 First retrospective exhibition, Adelaide Festival of the Arts
1993 Became a member of the Order of Australia
1996 Awarded honorary doctorate by Griffith University
2015 Died, Cairns

Selected Exhibitions
2018, 2013, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1995, 1988, 1986, 1982, 1979 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane 
2007, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999 Savill Galleries, Sydney 
2005-2006 Encounters with Country: Landscapes of Ray Crooke, Cairns Regional Gallery, touring to Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic; S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney; Orange Regional Gallery, NSW; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
1998, 1988, 1984, 1981, 1973, 1970, 1965 von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1997-1998 North of Capricorn: The Art of Ray Crooke, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, touring to Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld; Gladstone Regional Gallery & Museum, Qld; Rockhampton Regional Gallery, Qld; Customs House Art Gallery, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Campbelltown City Bicentennial, NSW; Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra; Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
1997 Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney 
1997, 1992 Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide and Perth 
1992, 1990, 1988, 1984, 1978, 1970 Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney 
1989 Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide and Perth 
1988 Eddie Glastra Gallery, Sydney 
1988, 1983, 1982 Agnews Gallery, London 
1982 Upstairs Gallery, Cairns 
1976, 1961, 1959, 1958 Australian Galleries, Melbourne 
1974 Leicester Galleries, London 
1973, 1969 Skinner Galleries, Perth 
1972 Retrospective, Adelaide Festival of the Arts 
1972, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1964, 1962, 1961, 1960 Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane 
1964 Ray Crooke, Darlinghurst Galleries, Sydney 
1964 Commonwealth Institute Galleries, London 
1963 Australian Painting Today, Tate Gallery, London 
1962 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 
1962 Ray Crooke, Bonython Art Gallery, Adelaide
1960 Terry Clune Galleries, Sydney 
1959, 1957, 1948 Kozminsky Galleries, Melbourne 

Collections 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
All major regional galleries throughout Australia 
All major university collections throughout Australia 
Reserve Bank of Australia, Canberra 
Australia House, The Strand, London
Vatican Collection, Rome 
Numerous private collections in Australia and overseas 

Selected Bibliography 
Rosemary Dobson, Focus on Ray Crooke, University of Queensland Press, 1971. 
James Gleeson, Ray Crooke (introduction), Collins, Sydney, 1972. 
Sue Smith, North of Capricorn: The Art of Ray Crooke, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, 1997. 
Ray Crooke, Island Journal, BEDE Publishing, 2000. 
Gavin Wilson, Encounters with Country: Landscapes of Ray Crooke, Cairns Regional Gallery, 2005.