“Personally, I know a number of young local artists who are keen on his work, so it’s still really resonating with people.
“The MFC works are monumental in scale with an obvious inspiration being the famous cut-outs by 19th century French artist, Henri Mattise. Of course, Crook was an expert. He taught textile art in London for 20 years before emigrating to New Zealand for a quiet life. When you look at the artwork he made here, it is anything but quiet!
“Generations of Wellingtonians and visitors have passed these artworks on their way to a concert or event. They are part of the fabric of the building. We are taking this opportunity to celebrate and appreciate Gordon Crook’s contribution to Wellington's cultural scene."
About the artist
Gordon Crook (1921-2011) was a visual artist working across the fields of ceramics, textiles, printmaking, painting and drawing. For twenty-two years he lived in London, teaching at the Royal College of Art, and working as a freelance designer.
He was a private man, who didn't particularly enjoy the social scene, and in 1972, at the age of 51, he moved to New Zealand to pursue a quieter life.
Here he produced a rich and vast quantity of work in a wide range of media all reflecting his daring skill with materials and design.
An innovator working outside many of the boundaries between art, craft and design, he created his own distinctive world of symbols, images and style using abstract and figurative elements.
As a tapestry maker of international calibre and an excellent printmaker, Crook achieved international recognition and has important commissioned artworks in Washington, Tonga, Samoa and Mexico.