Beryl Frances Lansley, born in Egham, Surry.
her parents separate, she moved to Reading with her mother and three sisters. Where she later attends Kendrick Girls School.
left school to take shorthand and typing course.
she moves with her family to London. Where she finds work as a model and then a showgirl.
the family move to a house with a tea garden by the river in Hampden.
married John Cook.
son John born.
Cook family move to live with John's mother in Southend-on-Sea, then buy their own house in Leigh-on Sea.
she and John take on a pub tenancy, The White Horse in Stoke by Nayland.
family moved to Zimbabwe in Africa.
her first painting Hangover.
family moves to Zambia.
family moved back to England.
began painting regularly around this time.
family moved to Plymouth and run a guest house.
friend sells some paintings around this time.
in November at Plymouth Art Centre, her first exhibition.
early this year her paintings featured in the Sunday Times colour supplement. Later her first limited-edition signed prints are produced by The Alexander Gallery. Who continue to publish prints which, since her death, are known as the official collectors editions.
first exhibition with the Portal gallery [see exhibitions list]
her first book "The Works" published by John Murray [see books list]. This was also the year the first greetings cards were published by Gallery 5. They are still publishing them today and to date, have issued around 200 different designs.
her work first appears on television in "The South Bank Show" where she discussed it with Melvyn Bragg.
TV Southwest interviews her in "A Day in the life of Beryl Cook"
Gallery 5 publish the first Beryl Cook calenders and continue to do so.
She and John travel to America, resulting in the book "Beryl Cook's New York"
she is featured in the BBC2 program "One Pair of Eyes"
her first limited-edition, signed, silk-screen prints produced by Flanagan Graphics.
she is interviewed by Kathy Sayers for Westward TV.
she is featured in a show for German television called "Rund Um Big Ben"
her work is shown on the BBC digital channel in "The UK Today"
she and John travel to South America, resulting in a number of paintings on
Latin American subjects.
she was awarded an OBE and received her medal in 1996. 1995 was also the year that the Post Office reproduced one of her paintings as a 1st class postage stamp.
she and John moved to live in Bristol.
her painting "The Royal Couple" featured in the Golden Jubilee exhibition
at Art London.
she and John moved back to live in Plymouth.
she was interviewed in the program "My Westcountry" ITV 1
Tiger Aspects made two animated films called "Bosom Pals" using characters from her paintings.
Channel 4 News featured a short film on her and her work.
she was the featured artist in "The Culture Show"
she died at home on the 28'th of May.
Plymouth University, Peninsula Arts Gallery mounted a major retrospective exhibition in November.
two of her paintings are hung as part of the "Rude Britannia" exhibition at the Tate London.
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery hold a comprehensive exhibition of her paintings including some of her embroideries and other art works.
Plymouth Arts Centre
Whitechapel Art Gallery London.
first with The Portal Gallery London, with whom she had a long and happy relationship and where she continued to exhibit until her death. They held 18 exhibitions of her work altogether, and in 2006 staged a comprehensive exhibition of her work to celebrate her 80'th birthday.
Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
Musee De Cahors France
Chelmsford Art Gallery.
touring exhibition at Stoke-on-Trent, Preston, Nottingham and Edinburgh Art Galleries.
touring exhibition at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Scunthorpe Museum & Art Gallery and York City Art Gallery.
Plymouth Arts Centre
touring exhibition at Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool, Durham and Hartlepool Art Galleries.
Durham Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Stoke-on Trent
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
two paintings in the "Rude Britannia" exhibition at the Tate London
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery