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Beryl Cook

Beryl Cook first came to national prominence in 1976 when the Sunday Times published an article about her and her paintings.

When her work was first published there was no market for humorous pictures of any description and it was difficult to persuade galleries to stock her prints. Those that did sell her work did so because they personally believed in her and their commitment was backed by the response of the public who very quickly took Beryl and her sense of humour to their hearts.

Artists whose work truly stands the test of time and the vagaries of fashion and trends are few and far between. The fact that Beryl's pictures have been collected and enjoyed throughout the country for over a quarter of a century is a testament to the true integrity of her painting as uniquely, Beryl paints solely for herself and no-one else; if a subject or incident amuses her or captures her imagination she will paint it and, having done so, she will enjoy that picture as much as anyone. For this reason paintings often remain in her possession for many months after they are finished. She paints what she wants, not what anyone else wants.

She is aware of her success but she is also aware of the negative aspects of over-exposure and this is why she has always been careful about the number of her pictures that are published as limited editions, both by her UK and American publishers. Less restriction on the other hand is applied to her greeting cards, calendars and books because she feels that these are to be enjoyed by a wider audience.

The key to her work is of course her sense of humour. She is never cruel or hurtful and loves larger-than-life characters and the more outrageous someone looks or behaves, the more she wants to paint them. You will not find any of the 'art establishment' attempting to explain or even liking her work. Indeed it is a source of some pride to her that they don't and if they did she would probably have a fit! Yet her influence upon the popular art world has been enormous in bringing humorous painting to the fore and in 1995 she rightly received an OBE for her services to art. (In typical shy fashion she declined to receive it from the Queen and instead settled for a private civil ceremony).

For Beryl her pictures have a life of their own - ' I don't know how my pictures happen. They just do. They exist, but for the life of me I can't explain them' '. That they do and that they bring such delight to so many is enough explanation for us all.

Sadly on May 28th 2008, Beryl Cook passed away after over 30 years as one of Britain's most popular artist's.

Signed Limited Edition Lithographs Available

All prices on this page include V.A.T.

Escargot Pour Trois

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 515 x 430mm

Price: 750.00

Lady of Marseilles

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 546 x 457mm

Price: 750.00

Line Dancing

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 695 x 495mm

Price: 795.00

Staircase

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 395 x 580mm

Price: 795.00

Roulette

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 510 x 510mm

Price: 850.00

Strippergram

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 570 x 495mm

Price: 850.00

A Bird in the Hand

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 537 x 655mm

Price: 850.00

Bryant Park

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 590 x 470mm

Price: 950.00

The Manipulators

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 598 x 431mm

Price: 1250.00

Tango Busking

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 490 x 487mm

Price: 1500.00

Satin Dresses

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 485 x 605mm

Price: 1500.00

Bar and Barbara

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 373 x 408mm

Price: 1700.00

Lunch in the Garden

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 613 x 438mm

Price: 2000.00

Gare Du Nord

Signed Limited Edition Original Silkscreen

Size: 434 x 710mm

Price: 3300.00

 

     

 

 

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