Ray Crooke’s Original Silk Screen Artworks are now available at Art In Transit. Selected from the private collection by Diana Crooke and Art in Transit online Gallery.
Ray Crooke’s landscapes depict island life in the tropical north, neighbouring Melanesian and Fijian Islands. These timeless and beautiful silkscreen artworks capture the idyllic stillness and languid lifestyle of the tropics.Crooke was principally known for his landscapes. He was also a skilled portrait painter and won the Archibald Prize in 1969 with a portrait of George Johnson.
In 1951 he married June Bethel, and the couple settled in Cairns before moving back to Thursday Island. Experience of life in the tropics became an essential element of Crooke’s work. In 1959 he held a successful solo exhibition at Australian Galleries Melbourne. Now, highly sought after by major galleries, Crooke chose picturesque Yorkey’s Knob and Cairns as his base.
Ray Crooke’s work hangs in the Cairns Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, all other state and many regional galleries. His murals grace Australia House in London and his Painting “The offering” 1971, is in the Vatican Museum collection. In 1993 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the visual arts.
The original silkscreen collection are mostly artist proofs & limited editions. Ray Crook’s stunning artworks are offered to collectors directly from the Crooke family collection and celebrates Cairns most famous Artist.