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Ray Crooke

(1922 -  2015 ) Wikipedia® : Ray Crooke
CROOKE Ray Hill End

Shapiro
May 17, 2016
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Ray Crooke -  The Artist's Garden

Ray Crooke - The Artist's Garden

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Lot number: 172
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The Artist's Garden RAY CROOKE (1922-2015), The Artist's Garden oil on canvas on board, 76.0 x 102.0 cm signed lower left: R Crooke, , Bonython Gallery, Sydney F. R. Strange, Auction Sale under Instructions from Bonython Art Gallery, Sydney, 25 October 1976, lot 100 Private collection, Sydney Estate of the above
Ray Crooke - Islander With Pink Hibiscus

Ray Crooke - Islander With Pink Hibiscus

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Description: RAY CROOKE (1922-2015) (Islander with Pink Hibiscus) oil on canvasboard signed lower left: R. Crooke 101 x 75 cm PROVENANCE Fine Australian and European Paintings, Sotheby's, Melbourne, 25 August 1997, lot 268 Corporate collection, Sydney (as Islanders) ESSAY Islander with Pink Hibiscus is a fine, early painting by one of Australia\’s most prodigious artists, the late Ray Crooke. A great deal of Crooke\’s landscape and figurative oeuvre is drawn from two distinct, yet proximal locations. Firstly, there are the rugged golden landscapes of Northern Queensland (Early Morning Cairns Suburb, c.1962, sold $97,600, Mossgreen 2011). Then there is the group of richly saturated Pacific Islander compositions which most popular among collectors (Thursday Island, 1964, sold $115,900, Mossgreen 2011). Although the subject of Islander folk, going about their quotidian duties, remained central to his practice, this second body of work can be further subdivided into two unmistakable periods, the early and the late. And this is most noticeable in the choice of palette and tone. Crooke\’s early compositions, to which this example belongs, have a feeling of being wrapped in a film of flat tonal veils, adding a sense of brooding mystery to the exotic environment. His later work, by contrast, is defined by saturated colours that reveal a crisp and limpid atmosphere. Born in Melbourne, Crooke first came in contact with the tropics in 1938 after joining the Second Australian Imperial Force, when he was stationed in Cape York and Borneo. After the war, in 1949, he returned to live in Cairns and Thursday Island. He would later make Sydney his base, but throughout his life spent many months of the year travelling to Queensland and the neighbouring islands. Here, he found the leitmotifs that would become central to his art. Crooke recalls when he first began painting, how he \‘hadn\’t yet formed any distinct style – I had a lot of things I want to say but I didn\’t know how to say them. So one day, I thought I\’ll just paint a place I like and where I know, and I did a tempera painting of Thursday Island in a style which I like and exhibited at the Australian Galleries and it was an immediate success … that was the first breakthrough … when I realised all I had to do was paint things of my own experience.\’[1] In forming his \‘distinct style\’, Crooke looked back to Europe and found inspiration in the legacy of the modern masters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His debt lies most clearly with the art of Paul Gauguin. In him, he found a shared interest in the lives, traditions and customs of Islander life, seen from the perspective of an interested, yet respectful outsider. Gauguin also demonstrated that a synthesis of form and flatness of perspective can still give an (abstracted) impression of depth and space. Additionally, Crooke must also have seen Matisse as a guiding force for his art. The feeling of tranquillity and idle repose which distinguish this, and so many of Crooke\’s best work has echoes of Matisse\’s Luxe, Calme et Volupté, 1904 (Musée d\’Orsay, Paris). Islander with Pink Hibiscus belongs to Crooke\’s early oeuvre where atmospheric density covers the figurative subjects. The majority of the composition is almost an exercise in monochromatic design where almost every object is drenched in varying hues of green. This chromatic uniformity, however, is broken with dashes of complimentary colours. At the centre of the canvas, a lone figure, wrapped in a red pareo, stretches her arms out to hold a pale pink hibiscus. The figure, immured in a forest of greenery, but close to domestic quarters in the background, is captured in a moment of quiet engagement with the flower. The scene is imbued with contemplation and reflection, the qualities in many of Crooke\’s best work. Petrit Abazi [1] Ray Crooke, interview with Barbara Blackman, 23 October 1983, cited in Sue Smith (ed.), North of Capricorn: the Art of Ray Crooke, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 1997
Ray Crooke - Islander Carrying Basket

Ray Crooke - Islander Carrying Basket

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Lot number: 104
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Description: RAY CROOKE (1922-2015), Islander Carrying Basket oil on canvas-board 44.5 x 59.5 cm signed lower right: R Crooke Possibly Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 13 April 1988, lot 18 Art Galleries Schubert, Queensland Private collection, Queensland Provenance: Possibly Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 13 April 1988, lot 18 Art Galleries Schubert, Queensland Private collection, Queensland
Ray Crooke -  Stockman In Bar, North Queensland

Ray Crooke - Stockman In Bar, North Queensland

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Lot number: 10
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RAY CROOKE (1922-2015) Stockman In Bar, North Queensland oil on board signed lower left: R Crooke titled verso 30 x 45.5cm PROVENANCE: Australian Galleries, Melbourne 1966 Private collection, Melbourne Thence by descent EXHIBITIONS: 'Ray Crooke', Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 25 October - 4 November 1966, cat. no. 20
Ray Crooke - Hill End

Ray Crooke - Hill End

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Lot number: 155
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Ray Crooke (1922-2015)

Hill End

oil on board, signed and titled l.r.c. 'R.Crooke, Hill End'

Measurements: 30 x 60 cm
Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
Exhibited: Ray Crooke at Hill End, 10-21 August 2004 , Gavin Wilson at Shapiro Gallery, Woollahra
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