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 Univesrity 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 exhiliarating, full of energetic figures, and sometimes sad and sensitive, showing old or weary men struggling to keep going. His vision is ... read more