Jack W Crippen had a fifty year association with the Auckland Art Society, which he joined at the age of twelve. He held a degree from the Slade School of Art, London University. He served in the Second World War, and acted as an unofficial war artist.
Some of his artworks were included in the Exhibition of Official War Paintings by New Zealand Artists in 1952. Other of his artworks were later purchased for the collection by Archives New Zealand. Crippen worked as an art teacher at Auckland Grammar School for 28 years.
- Archives New Zealand Documentation, Series 898, National Collection of War Art