Ray Crooke is renowned for his paintings of the people and landscapes of tropical Queensland and the Pacific. Born in Melbourne in 1922, throughout his long career Crooke has made numerous painting trips to Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands, New Guinea and Fiji, settling permanently in Cairns in 1976.
Crooke has also been attracted to the sparse, dry, interior of the continent. In 1967, on the invitation of the West Australian Government he visited Mt Tom Price, Mt Newman and Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberleys. Among the paintings inspired by this trip was Landscape with rocks in foreground.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010