Bob Crooks


Moving to the country eight years ago saw a change in the colours I use, colour combinations one would not expect to work, but within the landscape and changing seasons they do.
This body of work is an exploration into those colour combinations and cane decoration, taking and amalgamating age-old techniques into new ‘hybrid’ ones.
The ‘Flower’ vases are very bold statements contrasting with the intricacies of the ’Complexity’ vases, which have their decoration derived from Phi, the divine proportion, within flower heads.

Born 1965, London

Education
1985
 Humberside College of Higher Education, Foundation
1985-89  West Surrey College of Art & Design, BA (Hons)

Recent Solo & Group Exhibitions
2010
 ‘Bees’ Contemporary Applied Arts
SOFA New York
2009  Bob Crooks Solo –Cowdy Gallery, Gloucestershire. 
Collect. Saatchi Gallery, London. 
2008  Bob Crooks Solo –Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge.
Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
2007  Art 2007 – London with The Scottish Gallery.
Collect – London with Contemporary Applied Arts.
‘Inspired’ Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey.
‘Vessels for Spring’ The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
Bob Crooks Solo. Cecilia Colman Gallery, London.
Bob Crooks Solo. Eton Applied Arts, London.212
2006  ‘Focus’ – Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
Bob Crooks – Solo – Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
‘Focus’ – National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
‘Select’ The Grace Barrand Design Centre, London.
‘My Collection’ Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
‘Coburg Glass Prize’ Coburg, Germany.

Commissions
2008
  Design & make a theme of 14 unique pieces for Sovereign Cruise Liners
2007  Corporate Gifts for Anglo American.
Large-scale wall installation. Private Collection, London
Design & Make 2 chandeliers, London
2006  Design & produce five large-scale pieces for Four Seasons Hotel Barbados.
Design and create Fourteen Awards for Look Ahead Housing and Care.
2005  To design & make two large scale unique pieces for cruise liner P&O – Arcadia.
To create two large scale suspended pieces for the HQ of Tempest Radford, London.

Awards
2008  Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Art Prize.

Public Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Crafts Council Collection, London.
Fitzwilliam Collection, Cambridge.
British Council Collection, London.
Cowdy Gallery Contemporary Glass Collection, Gloucestershire.
Standard Life (Art Collection) Edinburgh.
Anglo American (Art Collection) London.
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole ( Private Collection). London. G.B.
The Sainsbury Collection. London.
Mobile Museum, Alabama, USA.
Walker Museum, Liverpool.
Manchester Metropolitan University, (Special Collections).
Coburg Museum, Germany.
National Museums Of Scotland.

Exhibitions

Archive

2010

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