Ray Crooke Estate
Spear fisherman, Fiji, 2002
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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.

Selected Artworks

Ray Crooke
Namale, Vanua Levu, 1990
oil on canvas
121.5 x 91cm
Ray Crooke
School at Yalobi (Fiji), 1969
oil on canvas on board
101 x 75cm
Ray Crooke
Island girl with still life, c.1985
oil on canvas
75 x 100cm
Ray Crooke
Figures in a New Guinea landscape, c.1964
oil and tempera on board
58.5 x 89cm
Ray Crooke
Conversation, Tahiti, 1972
oil on canvas
91 x 122cm
Ray Crooke
Woman with ukulele, 1965
oil on canvas on board
59 x 75cm
Ray Crooke
Cape York landscape with escarpment, Laura, 1972
oil on canvas
69 x 92cm
Ray Crooke
Douglas Street, Thursday Island, 1959
oil on canvas on board
60 x 90cm
Ray Crooke
Lovers, Fiji, c.1985
oil on board
75 x 60cm
Ray Crooke
Palmer River, 2009
oil on canvas
60 x 120cm
Ray Crooke
Outskirts, Cairns, 1959
tempera and oil on board
60 x 90cm
Ray Crooke
Island family with baskets, 2000
oil on board
48.5 x 58cm
Ray Crooke
Figures, Mornington Island, 1969
oil on board
61 x 75.5cm
Ray Crooke
Rainforest with strangler fig, 2005
oil on canvas
106 x 83cm
Ray Crooke
By the lagoon, 2008
oil on canvas
60 x 45cm
Ray Crooke
Studio model, Yorkeys Knob, 1988
oil on canvas
60 x 45.5cm
Ray Crooke
Tropical lily, Yorkeys Knob, 1975
oil on canvas on board
59.5 x 48.5cm
Ray Crooke
Victorian landscape, 1959
oil on board
45 x 60cm
Ray Crooke
Island hut interior, 2009
oil on canvas
51 x 61cm
Ray Crooke
Rocky landscape, Cape York, 1965
oil
58 x 89cm
Ray Crooke
Hill End, 2004
oil on canvas
49.5 x 90cm
Ray Crooke
Picking flowers, 2007
oil on canvas
51 x 41cm
Ray Crooke
Table still life, Cairns, 1990
oil on board
51 x 41cm
Ray Crooke
North Queensland landscape, 1982
oil on canvas on board
40 x 51cm
Ray Crooke
In the garden, Nautilus, Port Douglas, 1964
oil on board
30 x 45cm
Ray Crooke
Dry river bed, Tambaroora, Hill End, 2004
oil on canvas on board
45 x 61cm
Ray Crooke
Waya Island, 2002
oil on canvas
46 x 61cm
Ray Crooke
North Queensland waterhole, c.1985
oil on canvas
75 x 60cm
Ray Crooke
Fishing village, Fiji, 1985
oil on canvas on board
23 x 30.5cm
Ray Crooke
Thursday Island church, 1980
oil on cardboard
27 x 35cm
Ray Crooke
Mountains, Cape York, 1969
oil on canvas on board
37.5 x 47.5cm
Ray Crooke
Figure in an interior, c.1980
oil on canvas on board
36 x 44.5cm
Ray Crooke
Excavation, Hill End, 2004
oil on canvas
29 x 39.5cm
Ray Crooke
Palmer River landscape, 1970
oil on board
35 x 45cm
Ray Crooke
North Queensland stockmen, c.1970
oil on canvas on board
23 x 30.5cm
Ray Crooke
Netting (Torres Strait), 1970
oil on board
14 x 20.5cm
Ray Crooke
Landscape, Cape York, 1965
oil on board
22 x 30cm
Ray Crooke
Rainforest landscape, 1988
oil on canvas
22 x 30cm
Ray Crooke
Noon, Cape York, 1970
mixed media on cardboard
17 x 20.5cm
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