In 1951 Beryl Cook moved to Southern Rhodesia. One day Beryl picked up some paints and started a picture, she enjoyed it so much she could not stop. Beryl Cook painted on any surface she could find, scraps of wood, fire screens and most notably a breadboard, as can be seen from her famous early painting of Bowling Ladies.
In 1963 Beryl returned to England to live in Plymouth. Beryl Cook would concentrate on painting in the winter months, recreating her personal views of Plymouth in vivid oils on wooden panels.
Beryl Cook’s work is particularly interesting when viewed in the context of the tradition of British social realist painting and she could easily be described as a contemporary Hogarth or Gilray, although she has a more sympathetic view of the human race. She is like those painters above all a social observer. She records human frailties and the absurdities of human behaviour with her own unique vision.