William Crook is a self-taught artist who explores the whimsical aspects of life, celebrating its humorous foibles in expressionistic colors while often veering towards the naïve or primitive. “When I started painting it was to counterbalance the rigors of work. Evolving with a virtual life of its own, my art almost led me to its present form. I have enjoyed the creative freedom to fuse pen and ink figurative drawing with oil stick and acrylic media to yield my own brand of Primitive Expressionism, ” comments Crook.
Crook has had comprehensive exhibits in Washington, a one man show on Bainbridge Island and more recently a one man show at James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, AZ. In addition he has received two Best of Show awards in successive years in a juried art forum.
Complimenting his artistic talent, Crook is an award winning poet.
The following statement by Bill kind of says it all: “My desire, as I create my paintings, is to paint the ordinary in an extraordinary way, and to journey on a painting expedition less traveled, to imbue people and objects with humor, irony, compassion and endurance, and to be mindful of the occasional rainbow in an oil slick.”
Houses by the Tracks
Bone Tree Hamlet