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Portrait of the Artist Watching Her Two Children Grow
© the artist / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council
Pam Crook was born in Cheltenham, and was married to another painter, Richard Parker. She studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art, 1960–5. Showed at RA Summer Exhibition from 1978, RWA and John Player Portrait Award Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery, 1986. Had a series of solo shows at Portal Gallery from 1980, in 1986 and 1995 at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, which holds her work, and from where a retrospective toured in 1996. Westminster Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and the parish church in Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire, where she lived, also hold examples. Crook’s figurative works had a slightly Surrealist, haunting quality and were unusual in that the image spilled from the canvas on to the wooden frame.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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