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Books by Beryl Cook

BERYL COOK (O.B.E. 1926 - 2008) was born in 1926 in Surrey, England, one of four sisters. She left school at fourteen, showing little talent for painting and worked in a variety of jobs. Moving to London in 1943 Beryl became a showgirl in a touring production of 'The Gypsy Princess'. She also worked in the fashion industry, which inspired her life-long interest in the way people dress and how they look. In 1946 Beryl married her childhood friend John, who was in the Merchant Navy. Their son John was born in 1950, and the following year they left to live in Southern Rhodesia. This move was to prove a turning point for Beryl. One day she picked up some paints belonging to her son and started a picture. She enjoyed it so much she could not stop. She painted on any surface she could find, scraps of wood, fire screens and most notably a breadboard, as can be seen from her famous early painting of Bowling Ladies. In 1963 the Cooks returned to England to live in Cornwall where Beryl began to paint in earnest. They moved to Plymouth, where in the summer months they ran a busy theatrical boarding house. Beryl loved Plymouth, a thriving, lively seaside town full of pubs, fishermen and sailors and she and John enjoyed going to their local bars and watching flamboyant drag acts. Beryl would concentrate on painting in the winter months, recreating her personal views of Plymouth in vivid oils on wooden panels. Eventually an antique dealer friend persuaded her to let him try and sell a few. To her surprise he sold them very quickly. Bernard Samuels of the Plymouth Art Centre became aware of this 'local phenomenon' and in 1975 he finally convinced her to have an exhibition. It was, of course an enormous success. The show received a great deal of publicity, which resulted in a cover and feature in the Sunday Times Magazine followed by a swift phone call from London's Portal Gallery. The following year, Beryl Cook had her first London exhibition. It was a sell out and the start of an exceptional relationship with Portal, where she exhibited continuously for 32 years From the beginning Beryl's work had a remarkable effect on the British, who immediately took her to their hearts. Her appeal was classless and she rapidly became Britain's most popular artist. She was a 'heart and soul' painter, compelled to paint with a passion. Her paintings encapsulate joy; her style totally original, warm and so instantly recognisable that her work became part of our artistic vernacular. She possessed that rare gift - the power to uplift. Beryl travelled considerably, gleaning new material for her work, often discreetly sketching on small cards inside her handbag to be hidden from view. Based in her beloved Plymouth, she recorded local life with as much relish as that in Buenos Aries, New York, Cuba, Paris and Barcelona. Though a late starter, Beryl completed over 500 paintings in her relatively short painting career. Beryl Cook's work is particularly interesting when viewed in the context of the tradition of British social realist painting and she could easily be described as a contemporary Hogarth or Gilray, although she had a more sympathetic view of the human race. She was, like them, above all a social observer.
30 Cakes to Eat Naked By Beryl Cook
30 Cakes to Eat Nakedby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$13.69
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Beryl Cook: The Bumper Edition By Cook Beryl
Beryl Cook: The Bumper Editionby Beryl Cook
Like New
$36.99
inc. GST
Beryl Cook's London By Beryl Cook
Beryl Cook's Londonby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$21.99
inc. GST
Cruising By Cook Beryl
Cruisingby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$18.99
inc. GST
The Works By Beryl Cook
The Worksby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$18.49
inc. GST
Happy Days By Beryl Cook
Happy Daysby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$21.49
inc. GST
Bouncers By Beryl Cook
Bouncersby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$35.99
inc. GST
Private View By Beryl Cook
Private Viewby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$17.19
inc. GST
The Beryl Cook: The Bumper Edition By Beryl Cook
The Beryl Cook: The Bumper Editionby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$25.99
inc. GST
One Man Show By Beryl Cook
One Man Showby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$27.49
inc. GST
Bertie and the Big Red Ball By Beryl Cook
Bertie and the Big Red Ballby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$12.49
inc. GST
Cat Lover's Notebook By Beryl Cook
Cat Lover's Notebookby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$21.99
inc. GST
Private View By Beryl Cook
Private Viewby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$13.99
inc. GST
On the Town By Beryl Cook
On the Townby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$30.99
inc. GST
The Works By Beryl Cook
The Worksby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$14.99
inc. GST
Happy Days By Beryl Cook
Happy Daysby Beryl Cook
Like New
$26.49
inc. GST
New York By Beryl Cook
New Yorkby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$17.99
inc. GST
Beryl Cook's New York By Beryl Cook
Beryl Cook's New Yorkby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$13.69
inc. GST
Cruising By Beryl Cook
Cruisingby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$15.49
inc. GST
One Man Show By Beryl Cook
One Man Showby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$13.69
inc. GST
Beryl Cook's New York By Beryl Cook
Beryl Cook's New Yorkby Beryl Cook
Good
$21.99
inc. GST
Bouncers By Beryl Cook
Bouncersby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$13.69
inc. GST
Beryl Cook's London By Beryl Cook
Beryl Cook's Londonby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$13.99
inc. GST
The Works By Beryl Cook
The Worksby Beryl Cook
Very Good
$15.49
inc. GST