Thursday Island

Ray Crooke

Ray Crooke Thursday Island
Thursday Island by Ray Crooke

Details

Artist
Ray Crooke
Title
Thursday Island
Medium
oil on composition board
Size
61 x 76 cm
Details

signed lower right: R Crooke

© Courtesy the Estate of Ray Crooke

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Further Information

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.