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Founded in 1994, Galeria Aniela won the trust of Australian most important artist from the post WWII until today. We built successful reputation in Australia and the World, handling museum-quality art of impeccable provenance, shipping worldwide. We manage the transfer of ownership from the artist to the buyer of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal artists including Arthur Boyd, Jamie Boyd, Lenore Boyd, John Perceval, John Olsen, Charles Blackman, Billy Stockman, Mrs. Bennett, Ningura Napurrula, Stephen Glassborow and many more.

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Ray Crooke 1922-2015

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Ray Crooke (1922-2015) is one of the most important Australian artists from post-WWII up until today, known for serene views of Islander people and ocean landscapes, many of which are based on the art of Paul Gauguin. Ray Crooke work is represented by National, state and Regional galleries and important public overseas collections including the Vatican Museum collection.

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Artist: Ray Crooke 1922-2015
Title: Banana Sellers

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimension: 60 cm x 40.5 cm
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Ray Crooke, Island Women 1960-1970, Oil Canvas on on Board, 50 x 50 cm
Artist: Ray Crooke
Title: Island Women
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimension: 60 cm x 60 cm
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Artist: Ray Crooke 1922-2015

Title: Islanders
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size : 20 x 25 cm
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Ray Crooke, Girl on Veranda circa 1960-70, Mixed Medium, 26 x 30 cm
Artist: Ray Crooke
Title: Girl on Veranda circa 1960-70
Medium: mixed medium
Size : 30 x 60 cm
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Artist: Ray Crooke
Title: Islanders
 Medium: Gouache on Canvas on board
Size : 30 x 20 cm
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Ray Crooke, Mornington Island Mission 1952-1954, Oil on Board, 15 x 22 cm
Artist: Ray Crooke
Title: Mornington Island Mission c.1952-1954
Medium: Oil on Board,
Size : 15 x 22 cm
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Ray Crooke, Thursday Island, Oil on Canvas on Board, 22 x 30 cm
Artist: Ray Crooke
Title: Thursday Island 1952
Medium: Oil on Canvas on Board
Size : 22 x 30 cm
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Artist: Ray Crooke
Title: Queensland Landscape c. 1958
Medium: Oil on Board
Size : 40 cm x 60 cm
Price: SOLD
 

RAY CROOKE biography 

Ray Crooke an Australian artist born in Melbourne

Ray Crooke presents his true worth |The Australian 22 March 2013

Ray Crooke (1922- 2015) was the master painter of Australia’s far northerly regions and offshore Pacific environment.

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Ray Crooke portrait of George Johnston won the Archibald Prize in 1969

University of Queensland owns three of Ray Crooke's portrait paintings: Portrait of Xavier Herbert (1977), Portrait of Professor Emeritus Sir Zelman Cowen, (1919–2011), Vice-Chancellor 1970–1977 (1977) and Portrait of Sadie Herbert (1980)

Crooke was responsible for the dust-jacket for Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert.

Ray Crooke painting The Offering (1971) is in the Vatican Museum collection. Many of his works are in Australian National and Regional galleries.

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

Ray Crooke was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 1993 Australia Day Honours, "in recognition of service to the arts, particularly as a landscape artist".

In 1969 Ray Crooke won the Archibald Prize with a portrait of George Johnston, and has been the recipient of several notable awards. Ray Crooke was awarded an honorary doctorate and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for his contribution to Australian art. Ray Crooke painting ‘The Offering’ is in the Vatican Museum collection. Ray Crooke work is represented by all state galleries, many regional galleries and overseas collections.

Ray Crooke, the much-admired artist died at his home in Palm Cove, north of Cairns. He was 93. Artist Ray Crooke was the champion of the tropics, he stood removed from the everyday rhythms of Australian art, playing out a romance with the tropics that spanned decades.

Ray Crooke is known for serene views of Islander people and ocean landscapes, many of which are based on the art of Gauguin. Crooke 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.

Ray Crooke is represented in all major Australian State and National Galleries, regional galleries and private collections both within Australia and overseas, including the Vatican in Rome.

He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and from 1997 to 1999 a major Retrospective exhibition of his work toured throughout Australia.

Awarded the Archibald Prize in 1978 for his portrait of literary antipodean, George Johnston. He was included in the Tate Gallery Exhibition of Australian Art (1963), and was an Official War Artist in Vietnam (1966).

His work is represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia , all State and many regional galleries, the Vatican Collection of Rome as well as numerous private collections overseas. His work depicting the landscape and people of Fiji is particularly coveted. Ray Crooke traveled extensively throughout Australia and the South Pacific.

Ray Crooke sojourns in rural Victoria, New South Wales, Cape York Peninsula, the Torres Strait, the Kimberley region, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti have significantly influenced his work. Ray Crooke currently lives in Cairns yet spends part of the year in Sydney and still visits Fiji every year.  Please visit:  art-encyclopedia-Ray Cooke

Ray Crooke is the master painter of Australia’s far northerly regions and offshore Pacific environs. He is the painter of opalescent, slightly melancholic outreaches where homespun rituals such as flower picking and promenading are replenishing enough to engross individual citizens or whole townships of people.

In the classic compositions of Crooke, sitting around is a time consuming, indeed constructive activity undertaken with gravity. He is enjoyed for this quality and purchased for it.

To own a Ray Crooke is to possess a passport to reverie. It is to be granted leave to eat lotuses. Guiltlessly. Aimlessly. It is to gather with parrots, drunk on nectar and the sun. Crooke offers his avid multitudes of buyers safe passage to the province of introspection.

A stress-free zone mortgaged only to pleasure. I am a long time admirer of Crookes immobilized vision which seems to me to accord with the inner truth of the distant topographies it depicts, even if it contradicts the external facts from time to time.

Ray Crooke is perhaps the only Australian painter of his generation who gets the slow-motion effect of the tropics down pat- the way foliage, so quick to propagate and grow, and the way water, so ready to run in silvery rivulets down volcanic rocks or whip into foam over coral reefs, the way natural phenomena of all kinds come to a halt around one - contradicting commands of physics and time. Immersed in a gumbo of humidity, sweat, scent and sleep, Crooke’s human figures are the embodiments of radical torpor-effigies with heartbeats.

It is his great accomplishment as an artist, cumulatively enterpriser, to have carved out of a mere state of mind a shape liness visible to the eye.

Extract from article by Bruce James in the Sydney Morning Herald, 6 March 2006 p 13.

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Thursday Island 1958, Oil tempera and resin on composition board, signed and dated 'R Crooke / 58' lower left, 82.8 x 66.5 cm, Est: $70,000-90,000, Sotheby's, The David Newby Collection of Australian Art; Important Australian Art, Sydney, 03/05/2017, Lot No. 4 $170,800

Thursday Island, 1964, Oil on canvas, signed lower left, 100 x 74 cm, Est: $30,000-40,000, Mossgreen Auctions, The Estate of Len and Olga Nettlefold (Art only), Hobart, 27/03/2011, Lot No. 42

$115,900

Early Morning Cairns Suburb, c.1962,Oil on board, signed lower left., 75 x 120 cm, Est: $50,000-70,000, Mossgreen Auctions, The Estate of Len and Olga Nettlefold (Art only), Hobart, 27/03/2011, Lot No. 262

$97,600

Islander Scene, Oil on canvas, signed 'R Crooke' lower left, 121.5 x 181.5 cm, Est: $50,000-70,000, Sotheby's, Important Australian Art, Sydney, 23/11/2010, Lot No. 10

$88,800

Islanders in the Shade, Oil on canvas board, signed lower left, 90 x 120 cm, Est: $40,000-50,000, GFL Fine Art, Summer Art Auction, Perth, 30/11/2010, Lot No. 47

$88,550

The Islanders, Thursday Island c. 1960, Oil on composition board, 58.5 x 89 cm, Est: $25,000-35,000, Deutscher~Menzies, 19th & 20th Century Fine Australian and International Art, Melbourne, 09/05/2001, Lot No. 1 $82,250

The Shell, Oil on composition board, signed and dated 59 lower right, 68 x 91 cm, Est: $50,000-70,000, Sotheby's, Important Australian Art, Sydney, 22/04/2008, Lot No. 1 $72,000
 

Title: Island Girl

Medium: Oil on canvas on board

Image size: 60 cm x 45 cm

Deutscher & Hackett, 100 Important Australian Paintings, Melbourne

$33,600

Title: Cape York Landscape

Medium: Oil on board

Image  size: 50.5 cm x 40.5 cm

Deutscher~Menzies, Australian and International Fine Art, Sydney

$28,800

     

Title: Islanders

Medium: Oil on canvas on board

Image  size: 49.5 cm x 40 cm

Sotheby's, Autumn Series of Australian Paintings, Melbourne

$22,800

     

Title: Thursday Island

Medium: Oil on board

Image  size: 56.5 cm x 44 cm

Leonard Joel, Australian and European Paintings, Melbourne

$22,000

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