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 Ray Austin Crooke  (1922 - )

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Lived/Active: Australia/Fiji      Known for: portrait, oceanscapes, islander figure painting

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Ray Crooke (born 1922), is an Australian artist born in Melbourne. He won the Archibald Prize* in 1969 with a portrait of George Johnston.

His painting The Offering (1971) is in the Vatican Museum collection. Many of his works are in Australian galleries. He is known for serene views of Islander people and ocean landscapes, many of which are based on the art of Gauguin.

He spent time in Townsville, Cape York and other parts of northern Australia during the Second World War. Returning from the Second World War, he enrolled in Art School at Swinburne University of Technology and later travelled to New Guinea, Tahiti and Fiji. While a portrait of his won the Archibald Prize in 1969, he is not known usually for portrait painting.

He has received an Order of Australia medal. "North of Capricorn" was an Australian touring retrospective exhibition in 1997 organised by the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville, Queensland, Australia) initiated and curated by Grafico Topico's writer and curator Sue Smith.


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