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Ray Austin Crooke

(1922 ) - Artworks Wikipedia® - Ray Austin Crooke
CROOKE Ray Austin Islanders

Deutscher and Hackett /Nov 26, 2014
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Ray Austin Crooke - Waterfall Namale Plantation

Ray Austin Crooke - Waterfall Namale Plantation

Original 1991
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Lot number: 94
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Description: RAY CROOKE (BORN 1922) Waterfall Namale Plantation 1991 oil on canvas signed lower right: R Crooke bears title and date on label verso 151 x 119 cm PROVENANCE: The Suncorp Collection Qty: Not Available Categories: Australian & International Art
Ray Austin Crooke - Islander

Ray Austin Crooke - Islander

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Lot number: 45
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RAY AUSTIN CROOKE (b.1922) “Islander” Oil on Canvas 39x32cm Signed Lower Left Over the years we have had a long association with Hugh Sawrey and had the pleasure of selling many of his works. Sawrey, a drover, visited many an outback town but none features in his paintings as does Kogan Creek. This vibrant jubilant work of the locals celebrating gives an insight to why a dusty drover would be drawn to this outback town. Sawrey depicted the Kogan Creek hotel in many of his paintings, all humorous works. His favourite subjects “The Travelling Salesman” , “The Tie Seller”, “The Dustup”, “The Beguiling Hour” and, of course, Sawrey’s masterpiece “The Four Deuces” portraying a story that Kogan Creek was a town close to Sawrey’s heart as he stated in many of his paintings and bibliographies. “Many a good time in Darcy Dwyer’s Kogan Creek Hotel”. Kogan Creek is on the main stock route from Northern Qld to Adelaide. Sawrey is a legend in Queensland receiving a CBE and founding the Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach.
Ray Austin Crooke - Islander's Garden, Fiji

Ray Austin Crooke - Islander's Garden, Fiji

Original 1988
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Lot number: 16
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Description: RAY CROOKE born 1922 Islander's Garden, Fiji 1988 oil on canvas 152.5 x 122.0 cm signed lower right: R Crooke Provenance: Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 21 April 1998, lot 147 (as Thursday Island ) Savill Galleries, Sydney, c2001 (label attached verso) Private collection, Queensland
Ray Austin Crooke - Islanders

Ray Austin Crooke - Islanders

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Lot number: 26
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Description: RAY CROOKE, born 1922, ISLANDERS, c1965, oil on canvas on composition board SIGNED: signed lower left: R Crooke DIMENSIONS: 76.0 x 101.5 cm PROVENANCE: Sir Rupert Clarke, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne, a gift from the above Private collection, Melbourne
Ray Austin Crooke - Village (honolulu Village) Circa

Ray Austin Crooke - Village (honolulu Village) Circa

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RAY AUSTIN CROOKE (BORN 1922) Village (Honolulu Village) circa 1985 oil on canvas signed 'R Crooke' lower left bears Holdsworth Galleries label verso 121 x 181 cm Ray Crooke has achieved critical aclaim for his lush tropical village scenes, of which this painting is a fine example. Crooke studied at Swinburne Technical College in Melbourne in the 1940s, during which time he was also sent for army service in Western Australia, North Queensland and Borneo, later working on Thursday Island, which provided the inspiration for many of his Gauguin-esque, naive paintings. Crooke’’’’s successful solo exhibition at Australian Galleries, Melbourne in 1959 led to his work being sought after by major galleries and they are indeed included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, state galleries and the Vatican collections in Rome. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for his services to the visual arts, particularly landscape painting. Though trained primarily in draughtsmanship, Crooke began painting after the war and by the late 1950s had consolidated his technique, style and subject matter. In his early career in the 1950s and 1960s, he shared an emotional connection to the landscape with his contemporaries, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan. Crooke won the Archibald Prize in 1969 for his insightful portrait of the novelist, George Johnston. The following year Johnston said of Crooke: “His search for the profound subtleties of light, his quiet but intensely evocative landscapes, his native figures glimpsed in the cool of shaded rooms or snared in webs of light and shade beneath jungle vegetation have made him for some years a very potent and popular Australian painter." Village was likely painted in 1985 and of a Honolulu Village scene - Crooke visited Hawaii in April 1985, where he made a number of sketches to prepare for his solo exhibition at the Holdsworth Galleries in Sydney in 1986. In Village , Crooke has depicted the serenity of a domestic scene with characteristic sensitivity. As in many of these paintings, Crooke has highlighted the harmonious relationship of the subjects with the natural environment, portraying the interior of a dwelling but leading the eye to the adjacent landscape through an opening. In a number of Crooke’’’’s earlier works of island imagery, the interiors are frequently in shadow. In this painting, sunlight floods the room. The four women sit contemplatively, decorated with leis, while the tranquil water sparkles in the background. The island paintings depict Thursday Island, Fiji, Tahiti, New Guinea and other Pacific Islands. Crooke kept journals containing sketches and studies from the places he visited and also painted subjects from memory, but he was most interested in conveying what he knew or sensed, rather than an accurate scene. Thus the gently idealised images of island life appear timeless – anachronistic even.
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