This was inspired by an image posted on Birdie’s blog. It’s a picture by Beryl Cook (who died last year at the age of 81).
Cook’s work is brilliant. As her obituary in The Telegraph stated at the time:
Beryl Cook painted what she described as “ordinary people enjoying themselves” and recorded the foibles of the British better than any documentary. Vulgar, raucous and straightforward, her paintings were as saucy as the seaside postcards of Donald McGill; she painted plump people in everyday and sometimes surreal situations, with special emphasis on bottoms and bosoms.
Among her cast of characters are fat, uninhibited matrons oozing out of corsets as they cavort on the dance floor; big-bottomed girls in leggings and stilettos wearing the self-satisfied smiles of the sexually alluring; and fat members of the working class lying on the beach, drinking in the pub or guzzling lobsters.
Her characters are so recognisable. Even in Egypt last September when I holidayed with friends – those exact stereotypes shown in the picture above, middle aged people of a certain age of a certain class at a certain time of life – were there.
You know where I remember having seen all these people before, more so than anywhere else? Gatwick Airport. I’m always transfixed by the people (they look just like many from these pictures) waiting to board their planes to Tenerife and Benidorm and Lanzarote and all those destinations. The likenesses are uncanny.
A few more…
Bett Lynch eat your heart out!
There is so much ‘art’ out there that I just don’t get nor like – especially the ‘modern’ stuff. But this type of art is brilliant and I love it!
More information at BerylCook.org