“Life and art go on and we should embrace new ways of doing things as the human condition and our ever changing situation require” – P J Crook, MBE. Crook’s world is crowded with people, creatures and things that together live in a world of benevolent otherness. Refusing to be cut off by their frames, the pictures crawl out into three dimensionality. A world of both muted tints and startlingly vivid colours, the paint adheres to and settles in on the canvas rather than just sitting upon it. But the white ground is never entirely subdued, and it brings brilliance and energy to the paintings. It is the artist’s distinctive style, combined with her technical artistry that result in meticulously detailed and dramatic compositions such as this one. Each one is beguiling, creating a sense of wonderment and intrigue for the observer.
MEDIUM: Tinted gesso on canvas and wood
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 19.0 x 25.0 ins/48.3 x 63.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘P J Crook’ (lower right)