Beryl Cook celebrates 80th birthday

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Beryl Cook has become the grand dame of popular art in Britain as she celebrates her 80th birthday .Beryl’s pictures feature women of all shapes and sizes enjoying themselves . Beryl started painting when her husband John 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. It was aptly named ‘Hangover’ by Beryl’s husband and still hangs in their house today. Beryl ran a boarding house for holidaymakers on the seafront.

Her paintings were then reproduced as greeting cards and limited edition prints and soon her work was being featured around the world, tickling ribs from Kingston to the Cape, and generating considerable popular acclaim.

Like fellow artist Jack Vettriano, Beryl Cook’s success has been mirrored by criticism from the art establishment . Brian Sewell of the London Evening Standard has dismissed her work , claiming she had ” developed a successful formula which a lot of fools are prepared to buy , but which is anti-art in my view . It doesn’t have the intellectual honesty of a pub sign for the Pig and Whistle . It is unworthy of any art gallery Beryl Cook continues to paint and has recently moved from Plymouth to Bristol, to be near her family

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