Girl with Guitar
- Ray Crooke
- Girl with Guitar
- oil on canvas
- 76 x 61 cm
signed lower left: R Crooke
© Courtesy the Estate of Ray Crooke
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Greenhill Galleries, Perth, 1992
Kensington Gallery, Adelaide, 1994
duPlessis Auction Gallery, South Australia, 2012, lot 61
private collection, Hobart
Ray Crooke, Greenhill Galleries, Perth, 10 Nov - 10 Dec 1992, cat. no. 11
Ray Crooke, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, 21 Feb - 15 March 1993, cat. no. 7
Following a period in the army which took him to North Queensland and Borneo, Crooke worked and lived on Thursday Island in the early 1950s before he eventually settled in Cairns in the 1960s. His atmospheric paintings of island life have become as synonymous for Crooke as for Gauguin, and are marked by a quiet sensitivity and genuine affection for his subjects. The figures are anonymous, a feeling further promoted by the usually flattened surfaces, the silhouette fostered by the actual experience of the tropical light. There is a sense that the viewer is a voyeur, allowed a glimpse into a secret island life.