Sad news today about the passing of the highly regarded yet still under rated artist Beryl Cook who died qietly last night aged 81.
Beryl’s pictures had a quite unmistakeable style featuring ‘fat ladies’ and otherwise ’rounded’ characters which brought to life many a social gathering. She didn’t really do much painting before the age of 40 but she has been in high demand since people have become more acquainted with her work. Despite this she never received the critical acclaim she might have.
Beryl Cook was awarded an OBE in 1995 but regardless of her fame, kept quietly out of the limelight.
Bearing in mind what passes for art these days her work has always been refreshing in its simplicity. Her humorous perspective will be missed.