To Have Lived a Life by Tully Crook

6 Jul 2019 – 10 Aug 2019

Event times

10am - 4pm

The Smallprint Company

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Derby Bus Station
  • Derby Train station

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A vibrant and colourful collection of prints by Tully Crook that look at brightness and vitality; brilliance and transcendence; Producing an art that is defined by its responsive and dynamic relationship with society at large.


"Prints of far away tropical places we may never get to. Vibrant colours and glimpses of the other world. With the birds of East Finchley, distant utopian interiors and other images of the incomprehensible brightness and vitality of the natural world. To have lived a life, is to demonstrate that the living of life is something spectacular and full of a potentiality we can hardly understand. The radiance of a butterfly and a flower at dawn, the pale urban glow filtering into a room cluttered with human longings. 

Prints became the perfect medium for communicating this flash of brilliance and transcendence. Being quick and to the point, full of the brightest and most alluring colours. Accessible, eye-catching, infinitely reproducible. Producing an art that is defined by its responsive and dynamic relationship with society at large. Filling the world with images, colours, signs and bursts of vitality. 

Beware the glittering of the world it is said, however in that glittering there is not just hedonistic distraction, but also something profound."

Tully Crook is an English artist born in 1938 in Hampstead, London. He trained at the St. Martins School of Art and had an extensive career in advertising. Crook is best known for his prints of birds and nudes, but he has also exhibited as a sculptor, having a one-man exhibition of imaginary islands created from cork structures at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Arts. From the late 1970s until the 1990s he was based in New York and he now resides in Derbyshire. 

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Tully Crook


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