Originally from The Medway Towns in Kent, Lupen Crook’s presence and involvement in the underground music scene ran alongside his output of artistic creations – collages that were born from the same DIY principles that gave way to the iconic punk designs of the late 1970′s.
Formally, he studied at GCSE level before briefly attending the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury. He never completed the course, finding himself better suited to working independently. Over the following ten years Crook’s artworks and musical endeavours have continued to flourish.
A prolific songwriter, his musical releases have earned him much critical acclaim, with many albums presented as hand-crafted and personalised editions. Regularly experimenting with new ways of expressing ideas has seen the creation of jewellery collections, video animations, graphic design and typography. His paintings incorporate a broad range of mixed media and a variety of different paints, with subjects focusing on both the surreal to more traditional landscapes and places of interest. Crook’s work has often, though not always, drawn inspiration from lyrical themes within his songs.