Island Garden – Ray Austin Crooke
This stunning green gazed oil painting was gifted to Diana Crooke in 1976. The inscribed message and year are written on the back of the painting the artist’s hand. Rare painting in that it is from a high-value year in the artist’s life. The green glaze is a unique technique of Ray Crooke intriguing style.
Ray Crooke’s landscapes depict island life in the tropical north and neighbouring Melanesian and Fijian Islands. These timeless and beautiful 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 a key element of Crooke’s work. In 1959 he held a successful solo exhibition at Australian Galleries Melbourne. Now, highly sought after by major galleries, Cooke chose picturesque Yorkey’s Knob and Cairns as his base.
Ray Crooke’s work is in the Cairns Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, all other state and many regional galleries.
Original Oil Painting on Canvas Board
50 x 40 cm
Signed by the Artist
Artwork located in Cairns FNQ Australia. Delivery not included but will be arranged.