Crooke began his career as an artist at a Melbourne advertising agency while taking courses at Swinburne Technical College. After 1939-45 war service, he taught, painted and worked as a textile designer. His first solo show was held in 1959 and he became well-regarded for his evocations of Australia's tropical north. He had considerable success locally and internationally, later settling in Cairns.
(Bio from: https://www.daao.org.au/bio/ray-crooke/)
Archibald Prize: 1969, George Johnston
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