P. J. Crook
Pamela June Crook MBE (born 1945), known professionally as P J Crook, is an English painter and sculptor. Her shows have appeared in London, France, the United States, Japan, Canada, and Estonia. Her professional name "P J Crook" lacks full stops; variant stylings such as "P. J. Crook" have appeared.
From a studio opposite her house, she manages compositions on a monumental scale — paintings can measure 2 × 4.5 metres and also paints small pictures, some no larger than 10 cm square. She works in tinted gesso, acrylic and sometimes in oil on canvas, or on a corrugated wood support. She often paints crowds, either in motion in urban environments or standing still reading newspapers.
In 1996, Crook co-starred with musician Toyah Wilcox on the HTV short film Rolinda Sharples: Painted out of History. The production led to a friendship between the two, and later on to Wilcox's husband, King Crimson/ProjeKcts guitarist Robert Fripp. Wilcox and Fripp own some of Crook's paintings, and the latter has used them as covers for his group's releases.
Distinctions: Patronage, trusts and honours
Crook is a Patron of the National Star College Cheltenham; a Patron of Linc; a Trustee and director of ACS (the Artists' Collecting Society); Trustee of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail Trust; Patron of Cheltenham Open Studios; a Gloucestershire Ambassador; President of the Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum; member of the Royal West of England Academy; Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Chelsea Arts Club and the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire. PJ Crook has an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Gloucestershire and is an honorary vice President of Gloucestershire College
List of King Crimson album covers
P.J. Crook's paintings are featured on the covers of many King Crimson albums. Many of these albums are produced by Discipline Global Mobile (DGM), the music company founded by Robert Fripp. By DGM policy, Crook retains the copyrights and moral rights to her artwork.
|Painting(s)||Album||Painting date||Release date|
|The Nightwatch||The Night Watch||1996||1997|
|The Four Seasons||Epitaph
déjà VROOOM (booklet p. 7)
|Absent Lovers I [Nude]||Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal
déjà VROOOM (booklet pp. 13-14)
|Absent Lovers II [Empty Bed]||Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal||1998||1998|
|Now and Then||déjà VROOOM (cover; booklet outer pages, pp. 1-6, 17, 18)||1997-8||1999|
|unidentified painting||déjà VROOOM (booklet pp. 15-16)||????||1999|
|Saint Genesius||The ProjeKcts
The Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners' Guide to ProjeKcts
|Piano Bar||Live at the Jazz Café (front cover)||1998||1999|
|unidentified paintings||Live at the Jazz Café||????||1999|
|Cirkus||Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live||1993||1999|
|Winter of Discontent||Heavy ConstruKction||1993||2000|
|The Writing on the Wall||Level Five (front cover)
The Power to Believe (outer back inlay)
The Power to Believe Tour Box
|déjà VROOOM||Vrooom Vrooom (Live in Mexico City)
déjà VROOOM (booklet pp. 11-12)
|On Broadway||Vrooom Vrooom (on Broadway)
Live in Argentina, 1994
|unidentified paintings||Ladies of the Road||????||2002|
|It Could be Us||Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With (front cover)||????||2002|
Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With (back cover)
|Fin de Siècle||The Power to Believe
Level Five (back cover; CD label)
|unidentified painting||The Power to Believe (inner back inlay)||????||2003|
|The Outsider||Eyes Wide Open
EleKtrik: Live in Japan
|Fairground||Neal and Jack and Me||????||2004|
|unidentified paintings||The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume One – 1969–1974||????||2004|
|March 30||The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume One (inner cover)||1993||2004|
|Harry's Bar||The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume One (disc 2)||1985||2004|
|Sunday (Reading in Bed)||The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume One (disc 3)||????||2004|
|unidentified paintings||The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume Two – 1981–2003||????||2004|
|Good Morning, M. Balladur||The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume Two (inner cover)||????||2004|
|unidentified paintings||The Condensed 21st Century Guide to King Crimson||????||2004|
|Tuesday||The Condensed 21st Century Guide to King Crimson (front cover)||2002||2004|
|unidentified painting||The Great Deceiver 1: Live 1973-1974||????||2007|
|unidentified painting||The Great Deceiver 2: Live 1973-1974||????||2007|
|Expresso||40th Anniversary Tour Box
The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume One (disc 1)
|Christian Children, Marching, Singing||A Scarcity of Miracles||????||2011|
|Nocturne||The ReconstruKction of Light
Heaven & Earth
- Crooke P. J. Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Bridgeman Art Library. Accessed 22 January 2007.
- "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 15.
- The various back covers and booklet credit pages of each King Crimson release her work is featured on.
- Bambarger, Bradley (11 July 1998). "Fripp Label Does It His Way". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 28. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 86 – via Google Books.
- Atton (2004, p. 153): Atton, Chris (2004). "6 Fan culture and the Internet". An alternative Internet. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 138–154. ISBN 978-0-7486-1770-8.
- http://www.pjcrook.com/ - Includes recent exhibitions (with photos), works in progress (with photos), biography, dealers, contact information, charitable activities, diary, and more