Beryl Cook

At the Roulette Table

1926-2008

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Price: Price on request

Medium: Oil

Size with frame: 24x30 inches

Born 1926 in Surrey, one of four sisters.  She left school at fourteen with no interest in art or painting.  She went to London in 1943, where she became a show-girl in a touring production of ‘The Gypsy Princess’.  She also worked in the fashion industry where her interest in how people dressed and looked first began.

She married her childhood sweetheart in 1946 and they briefly ran a pub before emigrating to Southern Rhodesia in 1951.  This was where Beryl first started to paint after picking up her young son’s acrylic paints.

The family returned to the UK in 1963, eventually settling in Plymouth, where she ran a busy theatrical boarding-house in the summer, spending the winters painting her personal views of Plymouth as a busy, thriving fishing town.

In 1975, Bernard Samuels of the Plymouth Art Centre persuaded her to have an exhibition which sold out.

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