Beryl Cook O.B.E Exhibition

Friday 6th March – Sunday 22nd March 2020

Beryl Cook O.B.E

“Larger than Life”

A Colourful Exhibition…

Humorous and Rare Signed Limited Editions

The most famous…“Girls in a Taxi”

“Bar and Barbara”

“Ladies Night”

“Lingerie Shop”

Plus… Many small mounted prints

On Exhibition in St. Albans
All items available to purchase

Friday 6 th – Sunday 22 nd March 2020

Gallery 105
105 Victoria Street
St. Albans

Complimentary Drinks Evening
Thursday 5 th March

The exhibition will include rare copies of cheeky images such as “Girls in a Taxi” and “Ladies Night” alongside many others published over a 30 years period.

Following Cook’s first exhibition at The Plymouth Arts Centre in November 1975, the self-taught former seaside landlady instantly won the popularity vote.

Her flamboyant paintings of portly ladies and other exuberant characters were drawn from a lifetime of people watching – much of it in her Plymouth home.

Despite her colourful pictures Beryl was actually quite a shy and retiring lady.

In 1994 she received the Best Selling Published Artist Award from The Fine Art Trade Guild and in 1995 was awarded an O.B.E.

Sadly Beryl Cook died on 28 May 2008 at her home in Plymouth at the age of 81.

“This is going to be a very colourful exhibition. Individually these are very entertaining images, but when seen as a collection they really do make people smile”.

Jean Dennis

Exhibition Organiser

The Exhibition will be open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat and 11am-4pm Sundays

Ends Sunday 22 nd March 4pm

For further information or images contact:
Gallery 105
105 Victoria Street
St. Albans

Jean Dennis 01727 833 577 or

The entire range of Limited Editions can be viewed on our website shop here.

Beryl Cook : Bio Information
Born in Surrey in 1926, one of four sisters, Beryl later moved to Reading,
Beryl left school at 14, moved to London where she became a showgirl in a touring production of The Gypsy Princess. She went on to work in the fashion industry, which was to inspire her lifelong interest in people’s appearances.

In 1946 she married childhood friend John, with whom she briefly ran a pub when he retired from the Merchant Navy.

Their son was born in 1950, and the following year they left to live in Southern Rhodesia.

While there, her husband bought her a child’s painting set for her birthday and it was with this that she produced her first significant work, a half-length portrait of a dark-skinned lady with a vacant expression and large drooping breasts, now known as Hangover.

Cook soon found she could not stop painting, using scraps of wood, fire screens and even a breadboard.

Once back in Britain her painting really took off, first in Cornwall where Cook noticed everyone seemed to be painting, and then in Plymouth.

In the summer months they ran a theatrical boarding house. Meanwhile the Cooks enjoyed visiting local bars and watching flamboyant drag acts all of which acted as fuel to her inspiration.

Over a 30 year period, approximately 80 of Beryl Cook’s paintings were produced as Signed Limited Editions. Many of these will be included in the March Exhibition.