Ray Crooke Estate
Spear fisherman, Fiji, 2002 (Archive Image)

Ray Crooke AM (1922 – 2015), is the master painter of Australia’s far northerly regions and offshore Pacific environs. He is the painter of opalescent, slightly melancholic outreaches where homespun rituals such as flower picking and promenading are replenishing enough to engross individual citizens or whole townships of people. In the classic compositions of Crooke, sitting around is a time consuming, indeed constructive activity undertaken with gravity. He is admired for his ability to catch the qualities of the light so characteristic of the tropics.

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Selected Artworks

Ray Crooke
Thursday Island waterfront, evening, 1965-68
oil on composition board
60.5 x 91cm
Ray Crooke
Gathering hibiscus, Fiji, c.1985
oil on canvas on board
100 x 75cm
Ray Crooke
Figures in a New Guinea landscape, c.1964
oil and tempera on board
58.5 x 89cm
Ray Crooke
Cape York landscape with escarpment, Laura, 1972
oil on canvas
69 x 92cm
Ray Crooke
Dry river bed, Tambaroora, Hill End, 2004
oil on canvas on board
45 x 61cm
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