Jack Crabtree was born in 1938 in Rochdale, Lancashire. From 1955 to 1957 he studied at Rochdale College of Art and from 1957 to 1959 at St.Martin College of Art in London; thereafter, 1959-61, he took another course at the Royal Academy School London. Since then he lived and worked in Wales for a number of years; later taking up an appointment at the University of Northern Ireland, but left after a while to settle in France.
In 1978 Margaret Richards of the Tribune wrote: “Crabtree is a social realist who works in a natural style that is neither didactic nor over-emphatic. Sometimes his imagery is exhilarating, full of energetic figures, and sometimes sad and sensitive, showing old or weary men struggling to keep going. His vision is affectionate rather than romantic. He sees wild hillsides as a beautiful setting for one of the grimmest jobs facing any man. In his paintings, that beauty and that grimness are parts of an inter-locking reality that has stimulated his creative imagination; while in his graphics the spare outlines and meticulous observation of human nature has been likened to George Grosz’s. The comparison is misleading, for Crabtree’s sense of humor rarely turns into satire.” (Jack Crabtree Face to Face, 1978, publ.SVR Essen & Welsh Arts Council Cardiff, p.12).
“Metamorphosis 1 ” Original oil on canvas
Painting size 91 x 91 cms. Framed.
Signed, inscribed & dated to the back.