12 August – 1 October 2006

A Cairns Regional Gallery touring exhibition

Encounters with country: landscapes of Ray Crooke presents an in-depth focus on the Australian landscape paintings of Queensland artist Ray Crooke (b. 1922). While Crooke is widely known and highly regarded for his paintings of island life in the Torres Strait and the islands of Fiji, this remains an incomplete picture of this artist’s oeuvre. Equal to his finest paintings are Crooke’s landscape studies of Cape York and the remote Gulf Country of far-north Queensland. 
Encounters with country brings together over 50 paintings created since 1950.

Curator: Gavin Wilson

Encounters with country: landscapes of Ray Crooke has received funding assistance from the  Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Exhibition Touring Program, Arts Queensland, and Cairns City Council. A quality full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition funded by the Gordon Darling Foundation and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane with generous support from Ray Crooke and Philip Bacon.