Christopher Allen, The Australian’s national art critic, said: “Ray Crooke’s familiar images of islanders could be considered decorative and predictable, and some will have reservations about their romantic exoticism, but his strong sense of composition and evident sympathy with his subjects were always appealing. “
In 1969, Crooke won the Archibald prize with a portrait of his friend and neighbour the writer George Johnston. He painted two large murals for Australia House in London. And in 1993 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the visual arts.
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