|Born||Ray Austin Crooke
12 July 1922
Auburn, Victoria, Australia
|Died||5 December 2015
Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia
|Alma mater||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Spouse(s)||June Bethel (m. 1951; d. 2013)|
1969 George Johnston
His portrait of the novelist George Johnston won the Archibald Prize in 1969, and the University of Queensland owns three of Ray Crooke's portrait paintings: Portrait of Xavier Herbert (1977), Portrait of Professor Emeritus Sir Zelman Cowen, (1919–2011), Vice-Chancellor 1970–1977 (1977) and Portrait of Sadie Herbert (1980). However, he is not known usually for portrait painting. He is known for serene views of Islander people and ocean landscapes, many of which are based on the art of Paul Gauguin. He was responsible for the dust-jacket for Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert.
His painting The Offering (1971) is in the Vatican Museum collection. Many of his works are in Australian galleries.
"North of Capricorn" was an Australian touring retrospective exhibition in 1997 organised by the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville), initiated and curated by Grafico Topico's writer and curator Sue Smith.
Crooke died on 5 December 2015 at the age of 93.
- Dobson, Rosemary (1971). Focus on Ray Crooke. University of Queensland Press. p. 13. ISBN 0702207020.
- Hergenhan, Laurie (July 2013). "A tale of three portrait" (pdf). Fryer Folios. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Crooke, Ray (1970), Preliminary design for the dustjacket of Xavier Herbert's Poor fellow my country, retrieved 3 December 2014
- It's an Honour. Retrieved 7 December 2015
- Artist Ray Crooke, champion of the tropics, dies at 93
William Edwin Pidgeon
for George Johnston
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