P. J. Crook

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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.

Crook was born in 1945 in Cheltenham, England, where she still lives.[1] She is represented by the Panter & Hall gallery on Pall Mall in London and Galerie Alain Blondel in Paris.


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. Some of these paintings have been used as covers for King Crimson's recent albums since 1997,[2][3] as well as various ProjeKcts covers, such as 2011's 'A Scarcity of Miracles'.

Distinctions: Patronage, trusts and honours[edit]

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

Crook was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to art.[4]

List of King Crimson album covers[edit]

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.[2][5][6][3]


  1. ^ Crooke P. J., Bridgeman Art Library. Accessed 22 January 2007.
  2. ^ a b Fripp (1998a, p. 3): Fripp, Robert (1998a). "CD booklet". Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal (Liner notes). King Crimson. Discipline Global Mobile. pp. 3 and 17. Absent Lovers at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 February 2012. sku DGM9804. 
  3. ^ a b The copyright information from Fripp (1998a, p. 3) is partially reproduced at DGM Live!:

    "Cover Paintings 'Absent Lovers I & II' by P. J. Crook 

    Discipline Logo by Steve Ball.

    Contrary to common practice within the music and record industry, both artists own the copyright in their work."

    Anonymous, DGM Live! (2012). "Absent lovers:Live in Montreal 1984". Discipline Global Mobile. sku DGM9804. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 

  4. ^ "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 15. 
  5. ^ Bambarger, Bradley (11 July 1998). "Fripp label does it his way: Guitarist follows own muse in business, too". Billboard. 110 (28): 13 and 86. 
  6. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

  • http://www.pjcrook.com/ - Includes recent exhibitions (with photos), works in progress (with photos), biography, dealers, contact information, charitable activities, diary, and more