BERYL COOK OBE — British artist Beryl Cook says that fat people seem to have more fun. “They fill up the page so I don’t have to do a background”. Beryl Cook has become one of the most popular and best loved of British artists. The colour, wit, vulgarity and sheer fun of her subjects have caught the imaginations of Britons and Americans alike. On both sides of the Atlantic there are avid collectors awaiting new work.
She was born in 1926 in Surrey, England, one of four sisters. She left school, where she had shown little talent for painting at the age of fourteen and worked at a variety of jobs, moving to London in 1943.
She left London in 1946 and married John. a childhood friend who was in the Merchant Navy. The Cooks eventually 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, sailors and a myriad of interesting characters. She and John enjoyed going to their local pubs and watching flamboyant drag acts.