Born in 1922, Ray Crooke's preliminary studies at the Swinburne Technical College were interrupted by army service. After the war, Crooke spent two years on Thursday Island. His depictions of island life won him wide popularity. He served as official war artist in Vietnam from 1966 and won the Archibald Prize in 1969 with his depiction of writer George Johnston. His works have been exhibited widely with major Australian Galleries.
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